PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A near double-double by junior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) couldn't make up for a cold shooting night as the Lake Erie College women's basketball team dropped a 67-48 decision at the University of Findlay Thursday night (Jan. 13).
Rogers led the Storm (2-10, 1-5 GLIAC) with 12 points and nine rebounds, but the Storm shot just 20.8 percent from the field in dropping its eighth straight overall and its eighth in a row to the first-place team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division.
The Oilers (10-3, 6-1 GLIAC) closed out what was a defensively dominated first half with a 6-0 run to take an eight-point lead and then broke the game open with a 15-0 run midway through the second half for its third straight win.
One game after setting season lows in field goal percentage and points, the Storm offensive struggles worsened as Lake Erie went just 15-of-72 from the floor, including four-of-22 from beyond the three-point arc. The Storm starters combined to shoot just eight-of-45 (17.8%).
Clare Aubry led four Oilers in double figures with a game-high 17 points. Laura Bardell was one of the other Findlay players in double digits, with 11 points, and posted a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds. As a team, Findlay shot just 38.9% overall but made up for that with a 20-of-24 performance from the foul line.
The Storm committed just 14 turnovers, compared to Findlay's 20, but the Oilers converted those miscues into 15 points. Findlay also had a considerable edge in second-chance points (16-9).
Lake Erie will look to stop its losing streak as it continues its four-game road trip Saturday, Jan. 15, with a 3 p.m. tip-off at Tiffin University.