PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team concluded the G-MAC/GLIAC Challenge with a matchup against the Wayne State University Warriors on Sunday (Nov. 12) afternoon.
The Storm fell to the Warriors by a final score of 76-54.
Josie Chaddock (Minerva, Ohio / Minerva) opened the game with a basket for the Storm one minute in. Wayne State used a 7-0 run to gain a five point advantage three minutes into the game. Megyn Christensen (Swanton, Ohio / Swanton) capped a 7-2 run for the Storm with a three pointer that banked in. Christensen's three pointer tied the game at nine with four and a half minutes left in the first quarter. Sophie Sonneman (Jamestown, Ohio / Greeneview) gave the Storm a 11-9 lead but Wayne State scored the final four points of the quarter. The Warriors led 13-11 after the first quarter.
Wayne State continued the run with the first two baskets of the second quarter. With 7:58 left in the second quarter, Christensen nailed her second three pointer of the game as Lake Erie trailed 17-14. The Warriors pushed the advantage to five twice but Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) answered with a layup and three pointer, respectively. Following the media timeout, Farrah Benner (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) tied the game at 21 with a jumper. Wayne State went on a 10-2 run, for an eight point lead, at 31-23. Benner drained two consecutive three pointers as Lake Erie trailed 33-29 at halftime.
Wayne State used a 20-4 run to begin the second half, pushing the lead to 20 at 53-33. Lake Erie responded with an 11-3 run that spanned the final four minutes of the third quarter. Four different players combined to score on the run as Lake Erie trailed 56-44 after three quarters.
A three point play by Sonneman with 8:52 left in the game drew the Storm within nine points. Wayne State continued the pressure throughout the final minutes of the game and won 76-54.
Chaddock finished the contest with a team-high 16 points on seven-of-12 shooting. Benner reached a career-high with 11 points and four rebounds. Gabor was one point shy of a double-double as she had nine points and ten rebounds. Sonneman had eight points and Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) made a career-high seven blocks.
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood Friday (Nov. 17) when they travel to Roberts Wesleyan for the Wildcat Classic. The Storm will take on the Daemen Wildcats at 8:00 PM.