LEWISTON - Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 4 nationally in NAIA Division I, ran its season record to 11-1 with a 79-60 non-conference women's basketball victory over Whitman College Sunday afternoon.
LCSC's big three - seniors Jasmine Stohr, Kirsi Voshell and Alyssa Fierro - combined for 48 points and 25 rebounds to spark the victory.
Whitman, now 3-7 on the season, deployed a balanced attack that saw seven players score between 10 and six points, but it couldn't keep pace with the high-powered Warriors.
Guard Jenele Peterson and first-year center Heather Lovelace paced Whitman with 10 points apiece.
After LCSC started the game on a 9-2 run, Lovelace scored twice inside and guard Jennifer Keyes knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to slice the Warrior lead to 15-12 with 10 minutes left in the half.
But Voshell scored twice on offensive rebound putbacks, Fierro made two free throws and Stohr dropped in a three to expand the Warrior advantage to 24-14 with 6:41 left. The home team pulled away late in the half, converting eight of 10 free throw chances to lead 44-22 at the break.
LCSC extended its cushion to 26 points early in the second half and was up 56-32 before Whitman rallied with a 17-5 scoring spree. Shiann Dreadfulwater set the rally in motion with a 3-pointer at the 12:42 mark.
After Mary Madden and first-year teammate Meghan White scored inside with assists from Tiffani Traver, junior Kelly Peterson swished two free throws and then scored off her own steal.
Traver got the ball on Whitman's next possession to Dreadfulwater, who hit again from the 3-point arc to pull Whitman to within 62-49 with 7:27 left.
Sarah Anderegg scored the next four Missionary points from the free throw line, keeping Whitman's deficit at 13 points, 66-53, with nearly six minutes remaining.
But LCSC answered with seven straight points and pulled away from there.
Keyes and Kelly Peterson added eight points apiece to Whitman's scoring column. White and Anderegg each scored seven points, and White pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Madden snared seven boards.
Traver, who took just one shot and did not score, chipped in with four assists and three rebounds.
LCSC outrebounded Whitman 42-36 and picked up 11 steals while forcing 17 Whitman turnovers.
The 6-foot-2 Fierro finished with a double-double (15 rebounds, 11 points) while the 6-foot-3 Voshell added 15 points and eight boards. Stohr, a 6-footer, made nine of 10 free throws and finished with a game-high 22 points.
Whitman had the edge at the 3-point line, making six of 18 attempts. LCSC was just four of 16 from long distance.
The Warriors capitalized at the free throw line, making 25-of-34 shots. Whitman was 12-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Sunday's game wasn't nearly as close as when the two clubs met last month in Walla Walla. Whitman, playing its first game of the season, led by one point at halftime - and by one with 90 seconds left to play - before LCSC rallied for a 65-61 victory.
Whitman is off for the next two weeks.
The Missionaries play a final non-conference game, hosting La Sierra on Jan. 2 before returning to Northwest Conference play.
LEWIS-CLARK STATE 79, WHITMAN 60
WHITMAN (3-7) - Lovelace, Heather 5-8 0-0 10; Peterson, Jenele 4-9 1-1 10; Peterson, Kelly 2-10 3-4 8; Keyes, Jennifer 2-6 2-2 8; Anderegg, Sarah 1-4 5-6 7; White, Meghan 3-8 1-2 7; Dreadfulwater, Shian 2-5 0-0 6; Madden, Mary 2-8 0-0 4; Forge, Anna 0-0 0-0 0; Buse, Hallie 0-1 0-0 0; Alindogan, Marah 0-0 0-0 0; Traver, Tiffani 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-60 12-15 60.
LEWIS-CLARK STATE (11-1) - Stohr, Jasmine 6-15 9-10 22; Voshell, Kirsi 7-9 1-2 15; Fierro, Alyssa 3-9 5-8 11; Fuller, Tanis 3-10 2-2 8; Niebergall,Brittaney 2-5 3-6 8; Bishop, Tasha 1-5 5-6 7; Rice, Kelli 1-3 0-0 3; Kane, Annie 1-4 0-0 3; Heaslet, McKenzie 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-61 25-34 79.
Halftime score - LCSC 44, Whitman 22. 3-point goals - Whitman 6-18 (Dreadfulwater, Shian 2-2; Keyes, Jennifer 2-5; Peterson, Jenele 1-3; Peterson, Kelly 1-5; Buse, Hallie 0-1; Traver, Tiffani 0-1; Madden, Mary 0-1), Lewis-Clark State 4-16 (Kane, Annie 1-2; Rice, Kelli 1-3; Stohr, Jasmine 1-4; Niebergall,Brittaney 1-1; Bishop, Tasha 0-3; Fuller, Tanis 0-1; Fierro, Alyssa 0-2). Fouled out - Whitman-None, Lewis-Clark State-None. Rebounds - Whitman 36 (White, Meghan 9), Lewis-Clark State 42 (Fierro, Alyssa 15). Assists - Whitman 14 (Traver, Tiffani 4), Lewis-Clark State 16 (Fierro, Alyssa 3; Stohr, Jasmine 3; Bishop, Tasha 3). Total fouls - Whitman 22, Lewis-Clark State 16. Technical fouls - Whitman-None, Lewis-Clark State-None. A-539