Lake Erie Falters in First Half, Shines in Second

URBANA, Ohio (January 24, 2009) - Lake Erie College dug itself a hole too big to climb out of Saturday afternoon, even with a 52-percent shooting effort in the second half, as the Storm lost on the road to Urbana University, 69-49. It was a definite tale of two halves with Lake Erie putting on two very different shows from one extreme to the other. In the first half, the Storm did not make a field goal until 2:35 remaining in the first half when freshman Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow) scored in the paint to make the score 33-5. Up to that moment, the Storm's only points came at the free throw line, with the team going scoreless the first four and half minutes into the game.

Lake Erie concluded the half trailing 41-8 after going just 2-for-21 from the field with 20 turnovers, whereas the Blue Knights went 16-for-35 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the line with 14 steals and only five turnovers.

The second half began with a quick 3-pointer by the hosts followed by six straight points by Lake Erie. The Storm was able to cut the deficit to 18 during the period. The green and white limited its turnovers to three in the half, while connecting on 52-percent of its field goal attempts, including a 6-for-12 display from three-point range as Lake Erie more than quadrupled its score, outscoring Urbana, 41-28. Leading scorers Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) and Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) recorded 23 of their combined 24 points in the later half. Ames, who played the game with an inflamed forearm, went 5-for-10 with 14 points and Caiola scored a total of 10 points and had two steals.

Pavkov, freshman Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and sophomore Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow) each pulled down six rebounds. Wagers also totaled three assists and two steals.

Lake Erie (6-15), who lost earlier in the year to Urbana, 71-68 in neutral territory at the Ashland Tournament, will have one more shot at the Blue Knights when they come to Painesville on Feb. 7.  Next up for the Storm is Central State on the road at 2 p.m. on Jan. 31.