PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Despite putting five players in double figures, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team had its school-record nine-game winning streak snapped this afternoon (Feb. 13) in overtime at Ohio Dominican University, 89-87.
Senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) scored a season-high 23 points for the Storm (17-9), which lost for the first time since Dec. 28.
When the two teams met on Jan. 30, Lake Erie dominated the contest throughout, exiting with an 84-53 victory in Painesville. This time, in Columbus, neither team seemed to hold the upper hand for very long.
The Storm trailed by 10 late in the first half but closed the period with a 17-7 run to tie the game at 34-34. Lake Erie then opened the second half with a 9-0 spurt to take its largest lead of the game.
The lead was eight with 11 minutes left in regulation before the Panthers responded with a 10-2 run to knot the score at 60. Later, the Panthers scored six straight points to go up 70-64 with 4:06 to go. After Lake Erie rallied to tie it again, a three-point play by Summer Hale put ODU ahead 79-76 with a minute left. But sophomore guard Britt Busson's (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) three-pointer tied the game at 79-79, sending the game into overtime.
The Panthers never trailed in the extra period and had a four-point lead with 50 seconds to go. A lay-up by junior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) cut the deficit in half and after a defensive stop, the Storm had a chance to win it but junior Katelyn Prince's (Thompson, Ohio/Ledgemont) three-pointer missed at the buzzer.
Wagers finished with 12 points and Busson added 11. Sophomore Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored 16 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds before fouling out. Classmate Jen Caiola (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) had 13 points, despite hitting just four-of-18 shots (3-of-13 three-pointers).
As a team, the Storm struggled from the field, shooting just 39.2 percent (29-of-74) overall, including just nine-of-30 (30%) from beyond the arc. Lake Erie is just 1-8 this season when shooting below 40%.
Hale led all players with 30 points and 15 rebounds. She was just nine-of-21 from the field, but hit 12-of-18 from the foul line. Kirsten Ruen scored 23, hitting four three's, and Tracy Snider had 17 off the bench for the Panthers.
ODU shot 42.9% (27-of-63) in the game and outrebounded the Storm 47-42.
Lake Erie will look to rebound and close out the regular season with a road victory next Saturday, Feb. 20, at Urbana University.