The Lake Erie College Storm women's basketball team dropped their game against Wayne State University Warriors tonight with a final score of 62-55. The win improves Wayne State to 1-1 to start the season, while the Storm drops to 2-0 in their GLIAC/G-MAC Challenge games to start the 2019-2020 season.
The Storm played the Warriors tough this evening, and junior forward Breanna Bauer led the team tonight. Bauer scored the first seven points for the Storm, the first of which were from beyond the arc.
The Storm offense matched the Warriors point-for-point until the Storm gained the lead with a score of 20-18 in the second quarter by a jumper from sophomore Lainey Billing, which started a seven-point run to head into the half with a lead of 27-20.
Lake Erie extended their lead to nine points for nineteen minutes, the largest lead of the night, in the third quarter. But the Warriors were able to take it back in the fourth quarter with a seven-point run of their own, and lots of offensive help from the Warrior bench, which accounted for 25 of their points in the contest.
In total, the game had five lead changes and seven ties between the two teams.
Leading the Storm offensively tonight was Bauer, scoring 26 points and recording four rebounds, with one assist and block each. When asked about her dominant performance this evening, Bauer said "I tried to improve my outside game a lot over the offseason so that I could be a threat inside-out. Not only will it help open me up, but it will open up my teammates as well."
Sophomore Lainey Billing added 14 points, and recorded two assists and steals respectively.
Head coach Kenzie Perttu was proud of her team for fighting back this evening. "Wayne is a good team and their effort on the boards really hurt us. I think we will take away a lot of good things from this game to help us prepare and put together four solid quarters in our upcoming games."
Storm basketball heads to Edinboro next. Live statistics and video will be available on the Lake Erie Storm athletics website.