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Published
December 7, 2007
By
Joe Reinsch
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LEWISTON, Idaho -- Freshman center Kristie Hala’ufia scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the second half to lead the NAIA’s No. 10-ranked Azusa Pacific to an impressive 81-73 road win over No. 16-ranked Lewis-Clark State College Friday night.

Hala’ufia came off the bench to double her previous career-high scoring total, a 12-point effort against the same Warrior team in Azusa Pacific’s season-opening 64-57 win, and she pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to complete her first career double-double. Hala’ufia made 12-of-19 from the field, and the Cougars’ 32-for-59 (54 percent) performance was its first game over 50 percent this season.

Senior forward Abby Johnson, who grew up just across the Snake River from Lewiston in nearby Clarkston, Wash., added 16 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks for the Cougars. The double-double was her second of the season, with the first coming in a 12-point, 12-rebound effort in the season-opening win over Lewis-Clark State.

Senior guard Kate Shipp also came off the bench, and she drilled all 4 of her 3-point attempts to finish with 16 points, while junior forward Nikita Gordon chipped in with 10 points for the Cougars.

Lewis-Clark State was limited to a 38 percent shooting clip in the comfort of the LC Activity Center, a facility in which the Warriors had won 17 straight since Feb. 2006 and had only suffered 2 defeats in 39 contests dating back to the building’s Jan. 2005 opening.

Azusa Pacific is the first non-conference opponent to defeat Lewis-Clark State in the LC Activity Center, and the Cougars will face the NAIA’s No. 7-ranked Carroll (Mont.), the first Frontier Conference team to knock off the Warriors in the facility, in a 2 p.m. matchup.

With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 6-1 on the season, while Lewis-Clark State drops to 9-3.