PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Behind the first career double-double by senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) the Lake Erie College women's basketball overcame a dismal shooting day to knock off previously unbeaten Concord University 53-46 in the first game of the Fairmont State Alumni Classic in Fairmont, W. Va.
Ames scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds off the bench to spark the Storm (10-8) to its second straight win. Sophomore post Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) led Lake Erie with 12 points , grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots while junior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored nine points and hauled down a game-high 12 boards.
As a team, the Storm had a 52-45 edge on the glass. That, as well as a plus-15 edge from the foul line, helped offset a season-low 23 percent shooting from the field (14-of-61), including just three-of-18 from three-point range. "
You're not supposed to win when you shoot 23 percent," said head coach Bob Booher. "But we played really strong defense today. And when you hold the other team to under 30 percent shooting and hit your free throws when they put you on the line, good things can happen."
Lake Erie led by eight early, but a 9-0 Concord (6-1) run late in the half made it a one-point Storm lead at halftime (24-23). It was a four-point lead midway through the second half before a Rogers jumper and four straight free throws by Ames provided the Storm with some breathing room.
The lead grew as big as 13 points with 2:40 to go. The Mountain Lions got within seven before sophomore guard Jen Caiola (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) sank two free tosses and Ames added another to push the margin back to double digits.
Ames finished seven-of-eight from the line to make up for a two-of-17 shooting performance. As a team, Lake Erie was 22-of-29 from the charity stripe, going 17-of-20 from the line in the second half. Caiola added eight points and eight rebounds.
Concord was led by Sierra Brown's 14 points. The Lions shot just 28% (18-64) in the game, going just three-of-20 from beyond the arc. They were just seven-of-10 from the foul line.
Lake Erie, which reached the 10-win mark for the third time in the last four seasons, will play host Fairmont State on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m.