LEWISTON – The No. 10 Warrior women made it rain from 3-point range with 13 triples in Friday’s victory over Oregon Tech. LC State Women’s Basketball, led by five 3s each from Callie Stevens and Hannah Broyles, defeated the Owls 79-64 to stay perfect in Cascade Conference play.
With the win, LC State is 15-1 overall with 15 straight victories and 10-0 in CCC action.
“We got out to a great start behind Callie and Hannah’s scoring,” Head Coach Brian Orr said. “But OIT started fast as well. We did a pretty good job of attacking the basket and finding the open player. OIT did a decent job attacking our zone, especially in the first half, but we did a better job defending in the second.”
Stevens started the scoring with a 3 on LC’s first possession. She added another, plus a free throw, to give the Warriors a 7-2 lead a minute in. Broyles and Stevens each drained a triple to fight off an OIT advance and keep LC in front 13-9 by 6:57. Broyles hit the fifth 3-pointer of the quarter at 5:59 to break a 13-13 tie.
Ellie Sander fought her way to a pair of baskets to keep the momentum going for the Warriors. Sitara Byrd took a steal all the way back to the basket to close out the first 10 minutes with LC leading 24-18.
Broyles put the Warriors on the board in the second frame with a 3, but seven straight points by OIT put the Owls in front 29-27. Sara Muehlhausen stepped up with a block and four points to give the Warriors a 31-29 advantage at 3:48, and 3s by Stevens and Broyles ended the half with LC State in front 44-35.
The duo of Broyles and Stevens continued the barrage of 3-pointers in the third quarter to push the lead to double-digits, 50-38. Sander added five points in a row before Payton Hymas hit a 3 to cap an eight-point run with LC ahead 58-43 at 4:56.
Hymas, Broyles, Stevens and Byrd combined for a 9-2 run to close out the third frame with a 67-49 advantage.
The Warriors cruised through the final 10 minutes to earn the 79-64 victory.
Stevens and Broyles both tied their career-highs with five 3-pointers in the contest. Stevens led the game with 20 points on a 6-for-12 shooting night, 5-for-9 from 3. Broyles added 19 points with seven field goals. Sander shipped in 16 points.
Stevens led the game in assists with six and Mataya Green grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Muehlhausen blocked three shots.
“We did some really good things tonight,” Orr added. “One of our goals was to get a high percentage shot every possession, and I thought we did a good job executing our game plan. And we beat a good team tonight.”
As a team the Warriors shot .455 from the floor.
OIT was led by Maddyson Tull’s 20 points with a 9-for-18 night from the floor. She notched a double-double with 12 rebounds, and Olivia Sprague scored 15 points.
The Warrior women host No. 23 Southern Oregon on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the P1FCU Activity Center in a rematch of last season’s Cascade Conference title game.
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