PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Erie women's basketball team finished its season-opening trip at the Wheeling Jesuit Tip-Off Classic, falling to West Liberty State, 87-74, despite a monster double-double from junior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow).
Wagers finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds against the Hilltoppers, who were the preseason favorites in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
"She had a really nice game for us," Lake Erie head coach Bob Booher said. "She was active on the glass and helped us stay in the game."
Wagers is now averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds on the young season.
The Hilltoppers (1-1) connected on 50 percent (16-for-32) of their shots from long range, one night after going 1-for-23.
The Storm (0-2) could not get into a rhythm shooting the basketball themselves, hitting on just 32 percent (23-for-72) of its shots from the field.
"A lot of things went well for us, but when we start shooting the ball better, we'll start winning," said Booher.
Sophomore forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) had 13 points for the Storm, while senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) added 12.
Four Hilltoppers hit four treys apiece. Tori Hansen led the bunch with 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
The Storm hit the road again on Saturday (Nov. 21) night at Pitt-Johnstown, where they will play against Slippery Rock. Lake Erie will play host Pitt-Johnstown on Sunday (Nov. 22) at 3 p.m.