PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- A strong defensive effort pushed the Lake Erie College women's basketball team to a wire-to-wire victory over Lake Superior State University on Thursday night (Jan. 19). The 67-43 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Storm (11-5, 5-3 GLIAC).
The win was also the 200th in the college coaching career of Storm head coach Bob Booher. Booher has compiled an overall mark of 200-151 in 13 years at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College.
Lake Erie scored the game's first six points and pushed the lead into double digits midway through the period when back-to-back three-pointers by freshman Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) that made it 20-10.
The lead grew to as many as 13 on three occasions in the half, the last coming on a free throw by sophomore Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) that brought the first half to a close with the score 33-20.
Lake Erie, which committed just three turnovers in the first half, shot just 34.3 percent (12-of-35) in the first half, but it was significantly better than the 26.7% (eight-of-30) by the Lakers (5-11, 1-8 GLIAC). The Storm made five three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes while Lake Superior State was 0-for-8.
The Storm's second-half lead never sank below 11 points and was at 14 with 7:40 to play before LEC put the game completely away with a 14-4 run that pushed the score to 63-39 with two minutes left.
Graduate senior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead all players. She was joined in double figures by senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) with 13 points and seven boards. Murray and Delaney each chipped in with nine points and senior guard Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) added eight.
Lake Erie improved to 44.4% shooting in the second half and committed a total of just 10 turnovers in the game. The Storm held Lake Superior to 31.4% shooting for the game, including 0-for-12 from three-point range, and forced 20 turnovers.
Maria Blazejewski, Cassy Schemberger and Jasmine Brown each scored 10 points for the Lakers, who lost their fifth in a row.
The Storm will look to continue its winning ways on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, when Lake Erie wraps up its four-game homestand against Saginaw Valley State University at 1 p.m.