Neither team reached the 40% shooting mark from the field, but a 50-34 rebounding edge, including 17offensive boards, helped Ferris State University (11-10, 7-8 GLIAC) to a 69-55 win over Lake Erie College (3-17, 2-12 GLIAC) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center in Painesville, Ohio.
The Storm shot 34.4% (21-of-61) for the game while FSU was at 35.1% (20-of-57).
The Bulldogs converted that rebounding edge into points down low as their two starting post players, Tricia Principe and Tiara Adams, scored 20 and 16 respectively. Adams did her best work at the line, going 10-of-10 and also added a game-high 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Principe was also perfect from the foul line on six attempts as Ferris State was 22-of-25 from the charity stripe as a team.
Lake Erie was led by junior forwards Jen Caiola (South Euclid, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) and Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) with 12 points each. It was the 10th time this season both forwards reached double figures in the same contest. Freshman forward Jodie Jindra (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) also scored seven points and set a career-high with nine rebounds.
The game was a back-and-forth struggle forth in the first half as neither team led by more than three points in the first 14 minutes with nine ties and nine lead changes. The Storm stayed close despite Rogers playing just three first half minutes after picking up two quick fouls. Rogers' absence hurt late in the half as with score tied at 29-29 at 5:51, Ferris State broke off a 13-0 run that was stopped by a Jindra free throw late in the half and sent the Bulldogs to the break with a 42-30 edge.
The first five points of the second half all went to the Storm, on a Caiola three-pointer and a Jindra put back layup brought the score to 42-35 at 17:35. Lake Erie would trail by that seven-point margin three times in the second half but could get no closer. Ferris State took a double-digit lead for good at the 10:47 with a pair of Becci Houdek free throws. Rogers had a strong second-half with 10 points, four rebounds and three of her four blocks for the game, but the effort was not enough to keep the Green and White within striking distance.
The Storm is in action next on Saturday (Feb. 12) as they host the annual Taking Breast Cancer by Storm game against Grand Valley State University, with tipoff scheduled for 3:00 p.m.