Stellar Second-Half Defense Determines Win

CANTON, Ohio (December 12, 2008) - Lake Erie College put the clamp on its opponent’s scoring in the second half of Friday’s road contest, holding Malone University to only 20 points in the period to earn a 68-54 win. The Storm allowed the Pioneers just eight baskets in the second half, while forcing them into 13 turnovers to outscore its hosts 38-20 in order to walk away with its second victory of the season. The Storm recorded its best shooting night of the year at 44-percent (28-for-64) with a season game-high nine blocks.

Lake Erie jumped out to a 10-0 lead to open the game paced by two 3-pointers by freshman forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls). However, Malone then went on a 20-9 scoring spurt in order to gain the advantage at 20-19 with 8:37 remaining in the half. The Pioneers carried the lead into the break, 34-30. The Storm shot 37-percent from the field (11-for-29), while the Pioneers shot slightly better at 41-percent (13-for-32).
In the second half, the Storm pumped up its defense with trapping half-court pressure that kept the Pioneers away from the hoop. Lake Erie fed off the Pioneers' mistakes, scoring 23 of its 38 second-period points off turnovers. The Storm also improved its shooting by 10-percent, going 17-of-35 from the field. Lake Erie began the half on a 15-2 run to go up by nine just six minutes into the half, pushing its lead to as many as 15 points. Freshman center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored 12 of her 14 points in the period after cleaning up on the glass with nine of her team-high 12 rebounds. She finished the night with her second career double double and also added three blocks and two steals. Sophomore forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow) also recorded a double double - her first of the season - with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She led the team with five steals and had two assists. Other top performers of the game included sophomore guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) with 13 points, two assists and two steals and Caiola with a team-high 15 points, four steals and three blocks.
Lake Erie (2-7) remains on the road tomorrow at Mercyhurst College at 1 p.m.