(DETROIT) – The 2018-19 season will tip-off for the Lake Erie women's basketball team, and there will be a new look for the Green and White. Brook Kohlheim heads the Storm for her first head coaching position after previous successful stops at Michigan Tech and Nova Southeastern as an assistant.
Coach Kohlheim is ready to get the 2018-2019 season underway. She said, "We are excited to see how we match up against a regional opponent. We have had a week to refine some things and continue towards building championship standards and this game will be a great test of that. We want to go in there, take care of the ball, play hard and maintain focus for 40 minutes."
Last season the Storm finished 13-16 overall and made a Great Midwest Championship quarterfinal appearance. This year's edition features a fast guard-heavy lineup that is full of youth. Only two seniors dot the roster in Sophie Sonneman and Megyn Christensen. Behind them will be five juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
Josie Chaddock is the top returning scorer after she averaged double-figures with 10.9 points per game a year ago. The Minerva-native shot 42.7 percent from the field. She was also one of the top defenders on the team with just over two steals a game.
Fellow starters Farrah Benner, Ashley West and Sophie Sonneman also return. Benner averaged 7.6 points per game while West was right behind her with 6.0. West was also strong on the glass as she pulled down a consistent five rebounds a game. Sonneman and Chaddock were right behind her with three each.
The Storm will open up with former conference and divisional rival Wayne State at 2 p.m. Sunday. It's the first of a gritty stretch of games on the road, but they will follow that with an exhibition just down the road at Cleveland State on Thursday. Games at Clarion, Southern Indiana, and against Bellarmine (also at Southern Indiana) follow before the home and conference opener at Alderson Broaddus on Thursday, Nov. 29.