Storm Surprise No. 4 Northern Kentucky in First Half

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (February 10, 2009) - Lake Erie College changed things up a bit and put together a strong first half, surprising defending NCAA Division II national champion No. 4 Northern Kentucky, before falling to the host, 88-52. Ultimately, it was a lack of depth that killed the Storm's chances at victory, with only six players getting significant minutes.

Lake Erie led by three on several occasions in the first half, and even held a lead with less than five minutes to go at 28-26 after a layup by sophomore Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow). The Norse tied things up on its next possession beginning a 10-0 run which was capped with a bucket at the buzzer putting the Storm down 36-28 at the break.

The national contendors went on to shoot 66-percent (19-for-29) in the second half, while the tired legs of the Storm greatly contributed to a 27-percent (8-for-30) effort. For the game,  Lake Erie was overpowered on the glass, with Northern Kentucky holding a 52-24 advantage.

Sophomore Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) scored 15 points and had three steals. Freshman Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had 10 points and six rebounds and Wagers finished the night with nine points and three steals.

Lake Erie (6-19) is at Southern Indiana Wednesday at 7 p.m.