GAME 25: "TAKING BREAST CANCER BY STORM"
Lake Erie College Storm (16-8) vs. Central State Marauders (8-13)
When: Saturday Feb. 6, 2010 at 1 p.m.
Where: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center (700 capacity) Painesville, Ohio
Radio Broadcast/Live Audio Stream: ESPN 970 WFUN (Craig Deas, play-by-play)
Live Stats: www.lec.edu/ath_stats/livestats/wbk/xlive.htm
Series History: Central State leads 3-1
Last Meeting (Result): Jan. 9, 2010 (Lake Erie won 74-63 in Wilberforce, Ohio)
ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY: Last time out, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team matched the 2007-08 squad with its eight straight win and 16th victory overall, an 84-53 rout of visiting Ohio Dominican University. This week, the Storm can bump that team from the top line of the record books with a win over Central State University on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the first game of the "Taking Breast Cancer by Storm"/GLIAC Pink Wave doubleheader to benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Admission is FREE, but donations will be accepted for the Kay Yow Fund.
FINAL FAREWELL: Senior guard Renese Ames, who became just the fifth player in Storm history to score 1,000 points in her career against Ohio Dominican, will be playing her final home game Saturday. She will be recognized prior to the game, which is LEC's last home game of the season.
SERIES HISTORY: Central State leads the all-time series 3-1, but Lake Erie won the last meeting, 74-63, back on Jan. 9 of this season. The teams first met in Dec. 1988, a 109-32 Marauder victory. Central State swept both meetings last year, 73-71 at home and 79-63 in Painesville.
RIDE THE WAVE: The GLIAC Pink Wave is a conference-wide effort to raise awareness and funds to help "wipe out breast cancer." Now in its second year, the Pink Wave is part of the WBCA's Pink Zone. While not a conference member until 2010-11, the Storm was invited to particiate in the event. In addition to hosting the "Taking Breast Cancer by Storm" event Feb. 6, the Lake Erie women's team will also participate in the Pink Wave the following weekend at fellow future GLIAC member Ohio Dominican.
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 168-498 (.252). However, over 33 percent of the program's all-time wins have come in the last five seasons under head coach Bob Booher.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Closing in on the 1,000-point mark, senior guard Renese Ames scored nine points in the opening four minutes to reach the plateau and help the Storm jump out to a 16-2 lead en route to a 84-53 blasting of Ohio Dominican at home Saturday. Freshman guard Sarah Wojciechowski scored a career-high 21 points off the bench and sophomore Stephanie Rogers had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to go along with Ames' 19 points. Sophomore Jen Caiola hit four three's on her way to 16 points and the Storm went 10-of-25 from deep as a team to extend its winning streak to a school record tying eight and stop the Panthers' run at six games. In the game, LEC turned the ball over a program low five times and held ODU to just 33.3% shooting.
AMES NAMED ECAC POTW: For the second straight week, a Lake Erie player was named ECAC co-Player of the Week. Senior guard Renese Ames took home the honor on Feb. 2 after averaging 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in a pair of wins last week. Junior Alyssa Wagers received the award the previous week and sophomore Stephanie Rogers was recognized on Dec. 15.
SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALL RIGHT: With the 84-53 win over Ohio Dominican last weekend, Lake Erie improved to 7-0 this season on Saturdays. The Storm's final three games all fall on Saturday.
SO FAR, SO GOOD: Since the calendar flipped to 2010 four weeks ago, the Storm has not lost, posting a 7-0 mark so far in the new year.
IN GOOD COMPANY: The 16 wins by the Storm this
season are tied for the most in a single season in school history
(2007-08). It is just the third winning season ever by a
Storm team, but second in the last three years. Only six teams in
LEC's 30 years have reached double figures in wins, including three
in the last four years.
UP NEXT: Lake Erie closes its season with two road games, starting next Saturday, Feb. 13, at Urbana.