UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich.—The Lake Erie College women's basketball team overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Saginaw Valley State University 56-54 Tuesday (Dec. 16).
The Storm (6-3, 2-2 GLIAC) fell behind early in the first-half, 12-5, before bringing the score to within one at 12-11. However, that was the closest the Storm came within over taking the Cardinals in the first-half, as they trailed 32-22 at the break.
Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), Daija Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Joseph Academy) and Jacki Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) all had four points in the opening half while Chloe Irish (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) and Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) had three apiece. The Storm shot 28% (seven-of-25) in the half.
The Cardinals increased their lead to 12 in the second-half before the Storm put together a 7-0 run off baskets by Gabor and Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) to come within five. After the Cardinals stopped the run, the Storm went on another one-this time a 17-0 run- to gain control of the game. Irish, Gabor, Skelton, Shelby Carpenter (Dayton, Ohio/Miami Valley) and Narducci all contributed on the run, with Gabor leading the way with seven points.
The Cardinals threatened late in the game, tying it at 54 in the final two minutes but with just over 30 seconds to go, Gabor hit a clutch jumper to give the Storm the lead. The Cardinals had a shot to win the game in the final five seconds but a three-point attempt was no good as the Storm picked up the victory.
Gabor ended the game with a team-high 21 points, five rebounds and three steals. Skelton had nine points to go with her four rebounds. Irish netted seven points to go with her three steals. Jones had a team-high four steals.
The Storm shot 57.7% (15-of-26) in the second-half to improve their overall shooting to 43.1% (22-of-51). As a team, the Storm had 13 steals while forcing 25 turnovers. 24 points for the Storm came off those turnovers.
The Storm is back in action Dec. 31 for their final nonconference game against Clarion University in Painesville.