Lewis-Clark St. Turns Back Pirate Women

News Release Date:
Friday, November 20

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Lewis-Clark State ran its early season women's basketball record to 5-1 with a 67-55 victory over Whitworth University in Friday afternoon's opening game of the third annual Kim Evanger Raney Memorial Classic on George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

Jasmine Stohr paced the Warriors with 19 points, hitting six of eight shots from the floor and six of seven free throws.

Cassie Pilkinton had 10 points to lead a balanced attack for Whitworth, which was playing its first game of the season. Liz Horiatis added nine points and Natalie Orrell eight.

Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 16 nationally in NAIA Div. I, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and was up 36-25 at intermission.

Whitworth, an NCAA Div. III school, rallied early in the second half, trimming its deficit to six points at 44-38 with more than 12 minutes still left to play.

Tasha Bishop helped stem the tide for Lewis-Clark State, scoring the next five points as the Warriors pushed their lead back into double digits. Bishop finished with 12 points, making all three of her shots from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers.

The four-team, two-day tournament continues at 6 p.m. when host Whitman plays Macaleaster College (St. Paul, Minn.).

The tournament honors the memory of Kim Evanger Raney, a graduate of Issaquah (Wash.) High School who played basketball at Whitman, graduating in 2002 with a degree in psychology. She died in March of 2007 in cycling accident.

Gate receipts from today's games, which also include two men's tournament games, will go to the Kim Evanger Raney Foundation, created by her family to help children in need.

The men's tournament this weeeknd features the host Whitman squad along with Lewis & Clark College, Portland Bible College, and William Jessup University (Rocklin, Calif.)

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu