LEWISTON, ID – Bailey Cartwright scored 21 points in the second-half to lead the University of Providence women's basketball team over #21 Lewis-Clark State 73-65 Thursday night.
Cartwright scored all her points in the second-half to help her team pull off the comeback victory. Esary scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds on 9/12 shooting while Emilee Maldonado added 16 points and 4 assists for the Argos.
"We talked to Bailey at halftime about ways to help us out against their zone," head coach Bill Himmelberg said. "She got in the high post and did a great job of attacking the basket from that position. She was a big reason why we won tonight."
The Argos raced out to a 25-17 lead after the end of the first quarter, but a poor performance in the second quarter had them trailing at halftime 33-29. The Warriors (16-7, 8-5) maintained a two- possession lead for the majority of the game until the fourth quarter, where the Argos outscored them 27-16 to secure the upset victory.
"That offensive execution is exactly what we've been working on," Himmelberg said. "We executed and held them defensively. We did all the things right that we've been working on."
Jamie Nielson was unstoppable for the Warriors, scoring 35 points on 16/20 shooting. She also finished with 5 assists.
The win was the second straight win over a ranked opponent for the Argos, who defeated #22 Montana Western on Saturday. The win moves them to 6-7 in conference play, a mere half-game back from Rocky Mountain.
"I'm just really proud of the kids," Himmelberg said. "We battled and fought. This was a huge game for us. We're starting to peak a little bit and we want to keep this rolling."
The Argos will take on Montana Tech on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Butte.