PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Following an 11-day break for the Christmas holiday, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team returns to the court on Wednesday night, Dec. 28, at NCAA Division I Cleveland State University. Lake Erie (8-1, 3-1 GLIAC) is off to its best start ever and is looking for its first regular season win against a DI opponent. This is the third straight year the Storm and Vikings (4-6) will meet at the Wolstein Center during winter break.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Making her first career start, senior guard Cate Cianchetti had a stellar performance posting career-highs with 24 points and seven assists and combined with Britt Busson (12 points) for eight-three pointers as the Storm bounced back from its first defeat of the season with an 81-78 road win at Northwood. Lake Erie trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, but rallied to take a three-point lead at halftime. The Storm then took a 13-point lead in the second half before the host Timberwolves mounted a comeback and had a one-point lead with under a minute to go. But Alyssa Wagers (10 points) hit the go-ahead bucket and Cinachetti clinched it with a pair of free throws to allow the Storm to surpass its GLIAC win total from a year ago (2-17).
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 197-148 record at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College and needs just three more wins to reach the 200 plateau.
BOMBS AWAY: At Northwood, the Storm shot an impressive 13-of-25 (52%) from three-point range. Senior guards Cate Cianchetti and Britt Busson hit four each from beyond the arc. The 13 three's were the most for LEC since hitting 14 in the season opener last year against Ursuline College.
RANK AND FILE: Lake Erie ranks in the top 15 nationally in four categories: scoring offense (7th), scoring margin (9th), turnover margin (11th) and steals (14th). The Storm is also first in the GLIAC in all four categories.
AGAINST THE BEST: This is the Storm's fourth contest during the regular season against a team from the NCAA's top division. Lake Erie lost games at the University Akron and Cleveland State in 2009 and last year again at CSU. The Storm has also dropped exhibition contests against the Vikings (2008), at Youngstown State University (2009) and this year at Ohio University.
THE 1,000 POINT CLUB: The Storm has already had two players reach the 1,000-point mark for their career and a third is closing in. Stephanie Rogers reached the milestone on Nov. 15 against Salem International and Jen Caiola scored her 1,000th point Dec. 1 against Wayne State. Next up is Alyssa Wagers at 897, just 103 away.
GOIN' STREAKING: The seven-game winning streak to open the season was the third longest overall winning streak in school history. The 2009-10 team that went a school-record 18-9 won nine in a row at one point and the 2007-08 squad (16-11) won eight straight.
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: Cleveland State, which returned four starters from last year's 21-12 squad, has struggled to a 4-6 mark so far this season. The Vikings, picked to finish second in the Horizon League after posting their fourth straight winning season, have lost two-of-three and most recently split a pair of games at the University of Mississippi's Magnolia Classic. Honesty King and Tamika Keane each scored 20 points in a 74-63 loss to Ole Miss on Dec. 21. Overall, Destinee Blue leads the team in scoring at nearly 14 points per game. Preseason all-league pick Shalonda Winton is averaging a double-double.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm opens the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 3, with a nonconference road game at Seton Hill University.