CALDWELL – The No. 9 Warrior women erased a 12-point deficit with a 21-8 third quarter to stay undefeated in Cascade Conference play on Friday. In the ninth meeting between the in-state rivals since 2020, LC State defeated College of Idaho 61-58.
The Warriors trailed by 10 points at halftime before stepping up both defensively and offensively in the final 20 minutes. Hannah Broyles led LC with 18 points and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers.
With the win, LC State is 19-1 with a 19-game winning streak and 14-0 in CCC play.
A layup by Maddie Holm and 3 by Broyles got the Warriors off to a 5-0 start before C of I evened the score 5-5 by 7:30. Another triple by Broyles gave LC a momentary lead, and a 3 by Callie Stevens made it 11-10 Warriors at 6:14. C of I rallied to take a 19-18 advantage at the end of the first 10 minutes.
The back-and-forth continued in the second quarter as back-to-back layups by Sander gave LC a 22-19 lead. The Yotes struck for four triples in the final 2:30 of the half to take a 39-29 lead into the locker room.
The 21-8 third quarter fueled the comeback for LC State. C of I struck first in the third quarter, but a jumper by Sara Muehlhausen and 3 by Broyles cut the deficit to seven, 41-34, after two minutes. The two teams traded layups to keep the difference at seven, but another 3 by the Yotes had LC trailing by 10 midway through the period.
Holm tallied a layup and Stevens added two straight buckets to pull the Warriors within three, 47-44, at 3:22. Freshman Payton Hymas hit the game-tying 3 at the 1:43 mark to erase the 12-point difference before a triple by Broyles gave LC a 50-47 edge at the buzzer.
The Yotes tied the score once more with a 3 at 7:32 in the fourth, and buckets by Holm and Muehlhausen kept things knotted 54-54 by 5:15.
C of I took the lead with a jumper with 4:44 to play, but Muehlhausen answered to give the Warriors back the lead a minute later. Free throws by Stevens and Muehlhausen kept LC ahead in the final 30 seconds to cap the 61-58 victory.
Broyles led all scorers with 18 points on a 6-for-11 night from the field. She was 5-for-8 from 3-point range and led LC with two steals. Stevens added 14 points, while Sander and Muehlhausen each scored 10.
Sander and Sitara Byrd led the Warrior defense with seven rebounds each, and Sander and Stevens each dished out three assists.
LC held C of I to a .323 night from the field.
The Warriors take on No. 16 Eastern Oregon on Saturday. The top teams in the CCC will battle it out for the top spot in the conference standings with tip off slated for 4 p.m. in La Grande.
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