PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The undefeated Lake Erie College women's basketball team looks to continue its best start to the season ever when it opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play with a pair of home games this weekend. The Storm (5-0) will host fellow unbeaten Wayne State University (4-0) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center on Thursday night, Dec. 1, and then welcome Hillsdale College (3-1) on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3. A live webcast of both games is available by clicking the "Live Broadcast" link on the homepage or either the audio or video links on this page. Craig Deas, "The Voice of the Storm" will have the call for each contest.
THE 700 CLUB: Thursday night's game against Wayne State will be the 700th in the history of Lake Erie College women's basketball.
BEST START EVER: Prior to this season, the Lake Erie women had never started a season 2-0 let alone 5-0. In fact, the team had won its opening game just six times prior to this year.
DOUBLING UP: Senior all-league center Stephanie Rogers led the team with five double-doubles as a junior and is well on her way this season with one in each of the last three games. During that stretch, she is averaging 20.7 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. Rogers is also connecting on 59% of her shots from the field and 84% from the line over the last three contests.
THE 1,000 POINT CLUB: Stephanie Rogers scored her 1,000th point earlier this season and now classmate Jen Caiola is fast approaching that milestone as well. Caiola has scored 983 points in her career and needs just 17 more to become the seventh woman in school history to reach that millenium mark.
HOME COOKING: The Storm's season-opening schedule features six of the team's first seven games within the friendly confines of the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. Lake Erie is 4-0 at "The O" this season and 34-32 all-time under Bob Booher.
COACH BOOHER SHOOTING FOR A SOLUTION: Head Coach Bob Booher and the Storm this season in the fight against autism. For each three-pointer made by Lake Erie, Coach Booher will donate $3 on behalf of Team Mighty Mike to Austism Speaks. To join the fight, fans can pick up a donation or pledge form in the Osborne Center lobby or go online to LakeErieStorm.com to learn more.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Stephanie Rogers recorded her third straight double-double and Alyssa Wagers just missed her second of the season as the Storm pulled away midway through the first half en route to another convinicing win, 83-54 over Wheeling Jesuit. Rogers scored a career-high 29 points and pulled down a season-best 15 rebounds. She went 10-of-15 from the field and nine-of-11 from the line. Wagers added 18 points and nine rebounds while the duo also combined for six blocked shots and seven steals. Jen Caiola chipped in with 10 while Emily Robinson scored 16 points to lead Wheeling Jesuit.
OPPOSITION POSITIONS: Wayne State has also opened the season without a loss, going 4-0 so far under first-year head coach Carrie Lohr. Junior preseason All-GLIAC forward Phaebre Colbert leads the team in both scoring (13.8) and rebounding (7.0). Junior forward Deanna Crumpton (12.5) and fifth-year senior guard Stefani Munro (10.0) also score in double figures. The Warriors were 10-16 overall last season (9-10 GLIAC).
Hillsdale, which opens league play at Ashland University on Thursday night, has won two straight heading into GLIAC play. The Chargers were picked third in the GLIAC South during the preseason. Sophomore guard Marissa DeMott (18.5 ppg.) was named GLIAC South Player of the Week last week. She is one of four averaging double digits in scoring. The Chargers went 17-10 (10-9 GLIAC) in 2010-11.
A LOOK AHEAD: After a week off for finals, the Storm opens a stretch of five straight road games next Sunday, Dec. 11, at Ashland University.