PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team looks to bounce back from its first defeat of the season this weekend when it travels to Midland, Mich., for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest at Northwood University. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the E.W. Bennett Sports Center. The Storm (7-1, 2-1 GLIAC) had its season-opening winning streak snapped at Ashland University, 76-60, on Sunday (Dec. 11) while the Timberwolves (6-3, 2-2 GLIAC) lost at Ferris State University, 70-50, the day before.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: A poor shooting performance overall from the field did in the Storm as Lake Erie suffered its first defeat of the season, falling at Ashland 76-60. LEC made just eight shots in the first hald and trailed by as many as 18 in the opening 20 minutes. The Storm shot relatively well from three-point range (8-of-19) and was solid from the foul line (16-of-18) but was just 18-of-61 overall (29.5%). Stephanie Rogers scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Storm while Jen Caiola added 13 points and six boards. It was the seventh straight game in double figures for Rogers and the seventh overall for Caiola this season. Kari Daugherty had a monster game for Ashland, leading everybody with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Ashley Dorner scored 18 and had nine rebounds.
RANK AND FILE: Lake Erie ranks in the top 10 nationally in three categories: scoring margin (6th), scoring offense (7th) and steals (9th). The Storm is also first in the GLIAC in all three categories. Individually, Stephanie Rogers is eighth nationally in blocked shots (2.6/game).
CLOSING IN ON 200: Now in his 13th season of college coaching, Bob Booher is nearing the 200-win mark for his career. He has compiled a 196-148 record at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College and needs just four more wins to reach the 200 plateau.
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.
OPPOSITION POSITION: The Timberwolves had their two-game winning streak snapped by Ferris State to fall to 2-3 in their last five games after a 4-0 start. All-GLIAC center Savannah Stedman is averaging a double-double this season, leading the team at 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Rachel Church is averaging 14.8 points, with a league-high 30 three-pointers. The Timberwolves went 15-12 overall last year and reached the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm will be off until after Christmas. Lake Erie's next game is Dec. 28 at Division I Cleveland State. The now annual matchup with the Vikings is set for 7 p.m.