Westmont makes early exit at NAIA Tournament

Lewis-Clark State closed out the first round of the 2011 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship by handing Westmont a 63-57 setback Thursday in Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn.

Westmont’s sixth appearance in the National Championship ends in the first round for the fifth time, as the Warriors conclude their season with a record of 20-10.

Lewis-Clark State took a slim 26-24 lead into halftime after battling back-and-forth with the Warriors. A slight advantage was held by Lewis-Clark State with a 12-of-25 (.480) shooting performance, while Westmont was 31 percent from the floor. Jasmine Stohr of Lewis-Clark State led all scorers with 11 points at the break.

Six minutes into the second half, the Warriors pushed their lead to 10 at 43-33 on Alyssa Fierro’s completed three-point play. Westmont worked to get within two possessions at the 5:07 mark, but went almost three minutes without a bucket. The lead would be trimmed to four twice more, but in the end it was Lewis-Clark State on the free-throw line. Stohr sunk a pair with 14 ticks left to get the six-point victory.

Shohr racked up 20 points in the contest (7-of-13) and came through hitting 4-of-6 free throw attempts. Alyssa Fierro finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Warriors shot 49 percent from the floor.

Leading the way for Westmont was Angel Blanco with 17 points. Lisa Peterson netted 12 points and was the Warriors’ leading rebounder with seven. Westmont finished the game shooting 21-of-59 (.356).