SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Erie shooters struggled to find the bottom of the net as the Storm were defeated by Lake Superior State (Mich.), 49-37, on Thursday.
LEC shot a season-worst 20.4 percent (11-of-54) in a game that saw the team miss __ straight shots at one point. The host Lakers (2-9, 2-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) played a solid second half in turning away the Storm (5-6, 0-5). Lake Erie has now lost six consecutive games.
For a 10-minute stretch in the game's first half, the Green & White went 0-for-19 from the field. The Storm righted the ship briefly in the second half, but LEC was ultimately held to a season-low 37 points in a game that marked the team's first action in 14 days.
Lake Erie is now shooting just 27.9 percent (64-of-229) over its last four games.
The temperature outside at game time was sub-zero, and for the two offenses things weren't much warmer inside the Bud Cooper Gymnasium. Lake Erie and Lake Superior State combined to go 3-for-20 from the floor at the outset of the contest. By the midpoint of the first half, only 12 total points had been scored (LEC 6, LSSU 6).
Lake Erie endured a dreadful stretch of 10 minutes without a point and was 2-for-its-first-24 from the field. The host Lakers were also cold from the floor – they shot 17.9 percent (5-of-28) in building a tenuous 17-11 lead by halftime. The Storm shot 14.3 percent (4-of-28), with no player registering more than three points.
The Storm shook off their cold half and came out strong in the second half. LEC got within one (19-18) by the 16-minute mark, but a Kandace Crittendon trey at 14:54 sent the Lakers on an 11-2 run. By the nine-minute mark, the home five found itself up by 13 (35-22) with LEC again misfiring on its shots.
Lake Superior State would maintain a double-digit lead until a Chrissy Delaney jumper at 1:16 brought Lake Erie within eight (45-37). LSSU maintained its lead with solid rebounding – for the game the Lakers won the battle on the glass, 48 boards to 35.
Ultimately, LEC couldn't make headway against the Laker lead because its offense couldn't find a rhythm. Lake Erie shot 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from the field in the second half.
LEC will play the back half of what is a Michigan road double on Saturday when the Storm take on the Timberwolves of Northwood University (1 p.m.).
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