Howard Payne defends, advances
Lewis and Clark held to just 18 percent shooting in second half
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Howard Payne held Lewis and Clark to just 18 percent shooting in the second half before earning an 84-66 victory in the first round of the 2011 NCAA III Women’s Basketball Tournament hosted at Coe College.
The HPU Lady Jackets (22-7 overall) torched the nets in the first half, shooting 18 of 31 from the field for 58 percent. They were also 7 of 11 (63 percent) from behind the arc in the first half.
With HPU leading 48-32 at halftime, the Lady Jackets slowly extended the lead against Lewis and Clark (21-7 overall), pushing it out to 84-64 with 1:15 left on free throws by Kayla Scott.
The 18-point victory gave the Lady Jackets their first win in the NCAA tournament since the 2008 NCAA championship season.
Jasmin Thomas scored a team-high 19 points for the Lady Jackets and was followed closely by Brittany Roberson with 18. Thomas and Roberson also combined for nine assists. Tiffany Warner and Megan Norvil had nine points each while Kalin Hanna had seven rebounds and four blocks off the bench.
Lewis and Clark was lead by Megan Spence with a game-high 22 points and 18 rebounds. Margaret Dowling added 12 points.
HPU was outrebounded 45-37 but the Lady Jacket bench made the difference, leading Lewis and Clark 32-14.
HPU shot 53 percent for the game while holding Lewis and Clark to just 28 percent. The Lady Jackets also hit 9 of 18 from behind the arc.
Howard Payne will play Coe College on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second round.