SPOKANE, Wash. – Visiting Lewis-Clark State forced 28 turnovers, leading to a 70-40 win over Whitworth in a non-conference women's basketball game on Friday night in the Whitworth Fieldhouse.
The 2nd-ranked Warriors (NAIA) improved to 14-0 while the Pirates dropped to 3-5.
Whitworth led 10-7 after one quarter as LCSC came out cold. The Warriors went only 1-14 from three-point range in the first half. But the defense turned up the heat in the second quarter as LCSC forced 10 turnovers in that period, taking a 30-17 lead at the break.
Whitworth was able to close to within 32-22 early in the third quarter on a basket by Callie Harwood. But that's as close as the Pirates would get as LCSC was able to stretch the margin to 51-29 late in the period.
The lead remained between 22 and 24 points for most of the fourth quarter until the visitors extended the final margin over the last four minutes of the game. The final lead was the Warrior's largest.
Harwood led the Pirates with nine points, while Grace Douglas scored eight. Madison Moffat led the Bucs with nine rebounds and Jessica Thoens dished four assists. Whitworth shot 29.4% (15-51) from the field against the strong defensive pressure, 16.7% (3-18) from three-point range.
Four LCSC players reached double figures, led by Jossilyn Blackman's 14 points. She also led her team with nine rebounds. Caelyn Orlandi and Brittany Tackett each scored a dozen points and Lauren Johnson finished with ten.
Whitworth is off until just before New Year's when the Pirates will make a three-game trip to California.