Lake Erie College Storm (8-7) at Tiffin University Dragons (3-5)
When: Monday Dec. 28, 2009 at 6 p.m.
Where: Gillmor Center (1,000 capacity) in Tiffin, Ohio
Radio/TV Broadcast: Tiffin University b2TV (fee associated with broadcast)
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/tiffin/
Series History: Tiffin leads 4-0 Last Meeting (Result): Jan. 27, 1990 (Tiffin won 83-48 in Tiffin)
STORM BEGINS FINAL WEEK OF 2009 AT TIFFIN: The Lake Erie College women?s basketball team opens the final week of the 2009 calendar year on Monday, Dec. 28, at Tiffin University in a preview of future Great Lake Intercollegiate Athletic Conference clashes. The Storm, which has lost three-of-four, last played on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and had a respectable showing in a 74-63 loss at Division I Cleveland State. The Dragons, meanwhile, have been idle since Dec. 19. Tiffin has lost three in a row heading into this game.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: After falling behind 11-0 to open the game against the Division I Vikings, Lake Erie rallied to close within 52-50 midway through the second half before host Cleveland State pulled away a bit down the stretch for a74-63 victory. Sophomore Jen Caiola (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored a game-high 20 points in the loss while senior Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) and junior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) also reached double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
GETTING REAQUIANTED: Lake Erie and Tiffin have not met since the 1989-90 season, a game won by the Dragons 83-48 at Tiffin. However, the two teams will be familiar foes beginning next season when the Storm joins the GLIAC. The Dragons became members of the GLIAC in 2008.
BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY: With eight wins in the first 14 games, Lake Erie posted its best start to a season in program history. Prior to this year, the earliest a Storm team reached eight wins was 15 games during the 1982-83, 1991-92 and 2007-08 seasons.
30th SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: This is the 30th season in Lake Erie women?s basketball history dating back to the 1978-79 season. To date, the Storm has posted an overall record of 160-497 (.242). However, 29 percent of the program?s all-time wins have come in the last five seasons under head coach Bob Booher.
UP NEXT: Lake Erie closes 2009 on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 30, with a home game against another future GLIAC foe, Grand Valley State University. Tip-off at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center is set for 1 p.m.