LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball team cut a 24-point deficit to 11 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as No. 3 Westminster College held off the Warriors 67-43 to clinch its seventh straight Frontier Conference regular season title at the Activity Center on Thursday.
“Real disappointed we came out so flat, and against a team like this you just can’t,” said LCSC head coach Brian Orr. “We played with more energy the second half and obviously we shot the ball better, but this game was decided in the first half with our inability to put the ball in the basket.”
LC State, now 20-9 and 6-7 in league play, shot 21 percent (5-of-23) from the field in the opening half and 44 percent in the second. Westminster, which ranks first in the nation in scoring defense, holding teams to 47.8 points per game, shot 49 percent on the night.
“You have to give them a lot of credit. They can guard. Just disappointed that we didn’t give them our best game,” Orr said. “You can’t have a bad five minutes or ten minutes, let alone a bad 20 minutes. And that’s what we had.”
The result was a big enough deficit by halftime, 34-13, that even the Warriors’ 18-5 run midway through the second half wasn’t enough to make it a game down the stretch.
Westminster improves to 22-2 overall and 12-1 in the league play and will be the No. 1 seed during the Frontier Conference Tournament which starts next week.
The Griffins had four players score in double digits on Thursday. Amy Krommenhoek led with 20 points and five assists, Shelby Ellsworth turned in 14 points and 14 rebounds, Tia Pappas had 13 points and eight boards, and Ali Winters had 11 points.
The Warriors, led by nine points from Caelyn Orlandi and eight from Kelli Rice, were outrebounded 40-23 and outscored 40-18 in the paint.
LCSC post McKenzie Heaslet had a career-high five blocks.
Lewis-Clark State, which is cemented now as the No. 5 seed and will open the conference tournament on the road on Tuesday, hosts Montana Western in its final game of the regular season on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Pacific. It’s Senior Night and Warrior seniors Shelby Barnes, Rice, Tanis Fuller, and Heaslet will be honored before the game.
“They’re such good people and good leaders,” Orr said about the four. “They’re going to definitely be missed.”
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