Another Close Contest for the Storm

WILBERFORCE, Ohio (January 31, 2009) - Another close contest for the Storm with another outcome swinging in favor of the opponents as Lake Erie College lost on the road to Central State University, 73-71. Lake Erie was ahead by 10 at the break after a 48-footer at the buzzer by sophomore Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) banked off the glass to make it 40-30. The Storm shot a season-best 59-percent from the floor, hitting 19 of its 29 attempts in the first half paced by the smooth touch of freshman center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) who scored 20 of her game-high 26 points after going 10-for-11 from the floor.

Central State cut the lead to two in the first four minutes of the second period at 45-43, but Lake Erie held on to the lead until five minutes remaining in the game. At that point, the Marauders hit two free throws to go up one before a free throw on the Storm's next possession knotted things at 65 with four and half minutes to play. Central State hit one of just four 3-pointers on the opposite end to take its largest lead of the half, before fouling Storm freshman Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) on a three-point attempt from the corner. Caiola made two of the bonus shots to put Lake Erie down one. She then intercepted a Marauder pass where the hosts then fouled with three minutes to go. In the double bonus, sophomore Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow) missed her first shot from the line, but connected on the second to tie the game at 68.

Caiola came up with another steal which led to a fast break  jumper from the baseline by Rogers. The teams then traded a free throw, keeping Lake Erie ahead, 71-69 with 1:19 on the clock. Central State made another from the stripe to pull within one and a Storm turnover resulted in a three-point conversion for the Marauders. Another turnover by the Storm with 24 seconds left forced the Storm to foul. The Marauders missed the first of the double bonus attempts with the shooter then committing a lane violation on the second one to give Lake Erie hope with 20 seconds to play. Trailing 73-71, Lake Erie spread the floor and got a wide open look in the form of a layup from the left side with eight seconds to go, but missed the bunny as the ball was tipped out of bounds by the hosts. The Storm set up a final play and got the ball into the hands of Rogers who took a driving shot from the key at the buzzer. Some confusion resulted concerning the question of a foul call, but the play stood and the officials called the game.

Rogers' 26 points led the green and white, followed by freshman Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) with 14. She also had a team-high seven rebounds and five assists. Ames finished the game with 12 points - all scored in the first half - and had five rebound, five assists and three steals.

Lake Erie (6-16) has now lost six games by six points or fewer this season. The team travels to Ursuline on Wednesday at 7 p.m.