ASHLAND, Ore. – Lewis-Clark State (8-1) led off the game with a 16-2 run and never looked back as they downed Oregon Tech (5-4) 74-52 Saturday at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
“We ran into a very good Lewis & Clark State team today that played very well,” said OIT Head Coach Scott Meredith. “After a rather slow start, we regrouped to go into the half down only 9. Considering how poorly we shot the ball, I was happy to be there. However, L&C continued to shoot well and we just couldn‘t keep pace. I need to see a little more energy and sense of urgency from our team against quality opponents. However, I do think the schedule we’ve played has prepared us for conference. I look forward to next weeks games.”
OIT took its only lead when Mikaela Shumaker started off the first quarter with a two-pointer before the Warriors poured in 16 points straight, ending the first quarter with a nine-point advantage and only expanding their lead from then on.
Senior Nohea Waiwaiole of the Lady Owls scored 18 points – a game high – and also pulled in six rebounds. Freshman Melissa Lee and senior Bailey Nelson scored eight and seven points, respectively.
The Owls had a slight lead in bench points, earning 21 to LC’s 19.
One of the Owls issues was its 19 turnovers compared to just 11 from the Warriors.
LC State made 26 of 66 shots and 6 of 15 three-pointers to for a 39.4% and 40% shooting average, with Tech lagging slightly behind with 33.3% and 20%.
For the Warriors, Hailey Turner scored 16 points to lead the team, with Jossilyn Blackman earning 13 and Abbie Johnson taking 10.
The Lady Owls will travel to Caldwell, Idaho to kick off Cascade Conference play at the College of Idaho next Friday at 4:30 pm and then travel back into Oregon to play Eastern Oregon University at 5:30 pm on Saturday in La Grande.