SOUTH EUCLID, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team let a five-point lead slip away in the final minutes, falling to Shawnee State University 68-66 in the opening game of the Notre Dame College Holiday Tournament at Murphy Gymnasium in South Euclid Thursday night (Dec. 30).
The Storm (2-7) led 62-57 with three minutes remaining but was held scoreless for the next two-and-a-half minutes as Shawnee State (11-3) rallied to take a five point lead. The Storm had a chance to tie the game, but converted just one of three free throws in the final seconds allowing the Bears to escape with their sixth straight win.
Senior forward Katelyn Prince (Thompson, Ohio/Ledgemont) scored a season-high 16 points, connecting on four-of-five three-pointers, to lead the Storm. Junior forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored 15 and was the only other Lake Erie player in double figures.
One of the nation's top free throw shooting teams, the Storm hit just 13-of-20 from the charity stripe in the game. Lake Erie also shot under 40 percent from the field for the fourth straight game (36.7%).
Abby Ballman scored a game-high 27 points to lead Shawnee State. Three other Bears scored in double figures.
The Storm, which has now lost its last five games, will face the loser of Thursday night's Notre Dame-Point Park University game on Friday (Dec. 31) in the tournament's consolation game at noon.