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LC State Women Take Battle of the Warriors in Commanding Fashion

Alisha Alexander | LC State Assistant Athletics Director-Sports Information

SALEM, Ore. – Sophomore Lindsey Wilson played one of the best games of her career on Saturday to help LC State win its 13th straight contest. The No. 7 LC State Warriors defeated the Corban Warriors by a final of 88-52 in Salem. The visiting Warrior defense was stellar with 49 points off of 26 turnovers.

“An excellent all-around performance from our team today,” Head Coach Caelyn Orlandi said. “We locked down defensively holding them to 25% from the floor, we forced 26 turnovers and scored 49 points off those turnovers. We really capitalized on turning our defense into offense. An overall great team win to wrap up the weekend and we are excited to honor our two fantastic seniors next weekend at home.”

Ellie Sander led the contest with 18 points to go with Wilson’s career-high 17. The win improves the LC State record to 21-2 overall and 17-1 in Cascade Conference play.

HOW IT HAPPENED

A 3 by Callie Stevens got the contest started before Sitara Byrd added a jumper for a quick 5-0 lead. Darian Herring and Byrd went back-to-back to make it 9-2 by 6:13 before an 8-0 run with tallies by Ella Nelson, Sander, and Herring made the lead 17-5. The LC State Warriors held a 17-7 advantage after 10 minutes.

Nelson kicked off the second frame with a triple and Tatum Brager added one of her own two minutes later for a 23-11 lead. Wilson and Brager kept the offensive pressure going with a combined 18 points from the pair in the final eight minutes of the half. LC State led 38-23 at the break.

Wilson kept her scoring run intact with the first five LC State points of the third quarter. Nelson and Byrd added a run of four points for a 47-31 cushion at 6:46. Tallies by Wilson, Nelson, Brager, and Herring had the LC State lead at 59-46 heading into the final frame.

Baskets by Wilson, Stevens, and Sander got the fourth quarter off to a 22-0 run. Sander capped the stretch with 14 straight points to push the advantage to 81-46 after nearly eight minutes. After another basket by the junior, the LC Warriors led 83-49 with 2:11 to play.

Freshmen Herring and Grace Beardin closed out the scoring in the 88-52 victory.

Sander led all scorers with 18 points, with 16 coming in the fourth quarter. Wilson tallied a career-high 17 points on an 8-for-11 performance from the field. Brager scored 14, Nelson added 13 and Herring scored 10. Byrd led the defense with 10 rebounds and both Byrd and Sander snagged six steals. Stevens dished out five assists and Sander had eight.

“I love when we have balanced scoring and five players in double digits is fantastic,” Orlandi said. “My favorite stats to look at are those assists and I was proud we had 24 of them today. Ellie Sander and Callie Stevens did a great job sharing the ball. Ella Nelson and Tatum Brager came in and immediately had great impacts offensively and defensively, Sitara was fantastic on the boards, Ellie Sander did a great job stuffing the stat sheet, and Camden comes in and has an immediate calming impact on the game. Lindsey Wilson had a great career night and did a great job finding her target and finishing with contact. Darian did a little bit of everything for us today and does such a great job of seeing the floor and making the right pass.”

The LC State Warriors shot 48.4% from the field and held Corban to 25%. LC forced 26 turnovers and dealt 24 assists on 21 made baskets.

UP NEXT

The Warrior women kick off the final home weekend of the regular season on Friday against Multnomah.

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