Storm's Defense Suffocates Scots

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (January 21, 2009) - The spotlight shined so intensely on the Lake Erie College defense Wednesday night, that it blinded the College of Wooster's offense, allowing the Storm to hold the visiting Scots to just 16 points in the opening half, and an opponent season-low for the game, as Lake Erie won, 68-43. It was the first Storm victory in program history against Wooster in nine meetings dating back to the 1990-91 season.

Lake Erie jumped out to a 12-0 advantage, forcing the Scots into two of its 25 turnovers in the first four minutes of the game.  Freshman Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored six of the team's early points, going 2-for-2 from the field with a 3-pointer and also swooshing a free throw to complete a three-point play. Fellow freshman Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) went 2-for-2 for four points in that time frame, but it was more than the duo's offense that helped lead the Storm to its sixth win of the season. The two combined for six blocks and almost completely shutdown the Scots' top scorers, allowing Wooster's season leaders a total of seven points out of their usual 35-point average.

The Storm, as an entire unit, kept the Scots' offense from ever getting into a rhythm as the visitors finished the half with only six field goals to trail, 41-16.

Lake Erie went ahead by as many as 27 in the second half with both teams scoring an even amount of points with 27. Sophomore Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford), who struggled from the field in the first half, scored 14 of her 17 points in the second period.

Rogers finished as the team's leading scorer for the second consecutive game. She had 18 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds, three blocks and two assists. Caiola scored 15 after a 5-for-8 showing with four 3-pointers. Freshman Liz Stephens (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) put up career highs of nine points and six rebounds.

Lake Erie (6-14) is on the road for its next three games. The team heads to Urbana University on Saturday at 2 p.m. The two met earlier this season in the Ashland Tournament with Urbana winning, 71-68.