(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – In its best start since the 2014-15 season, Lake Erie looks to keep up the trend Saturday afternoon in a road contest at Ohio Dominican. The Storm have stormed out to a 5-2 overall record under first year head coach Brook Kohlheim, and are looking to stay unbeaten and move to 4-0 against the Panthers (5-3, 2-1).
The two teams split the season series last year with each team winning on the road. ODU took the first meeting in January 81-76, while the Storm exacted revenge in the capital with an 83-75 victory.
Both teams advanced to the G-MAC Tournament before bowing out in the quarterfinals. As a result, both teams are looking to contend once more, and Coach Kohlheim knows this early season meeting will test both team's mettle.
"We are excited to see how we match up with a team like ODU," said Kohlehim. "They will challenge us in ways we haven't been challenged yet this year and I am looking forward to how we respond with in-game adjustments."
The Green and White did well doing that in their last outing as they dismantled Ohio Valley 67-45 in a total team effort that saw 12 players reach the scoring column.
"We played a pretty good third quarter that helped wake us up a little bit," Kohlheim continued. "This was a tough game on the road and we could have made a lot of excuses as to not get it done. I love that everyone contributed and applied things in the game that we have been talking about for the last few practices."
So far the Storm have held opponents to just 37.5 percent from the field, tied with Findlay for the best mark in the G-MAC. ODU allows opponents a 43 percent success rate on defense. By contrast, Lake Erie has made 41 percent of its shots from the field, while the Panthers are making 43.6 percent on the season.
Scoring has been by committee for the Storm with Josie Chaddock leading the charge with 11.9 points per game. She has proven to be a force all over the court with the second-most steals (16) in the G-MAC, third-best mark in free throw percentage (84.8), and fourth-most assists per game (4.3). ODU counters with Alexa Fisher, the third-best scorer in the conference with 16.9 markers per game.
Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.