Storm Can't Strike Oil at Findlay

FINDLAY, Ohio (November 25, 2008) - It's tough enough to win on the road and almost impossible when your opponent drains 63-percent of its three-point attempts, which was the case Tuesday night as Lake Erie College lost to the University of Findlay, 97-63. The Storm won the opening tip and put two points on the board early off a jumper by sophomore guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford), but it was all Findlay the rest of the way as the Oilers proceeded to connect on a total of 17 3-pointers for the night, including a 7-for-10 effort from behind the arc in the first half.

Lake Erie hit just eight field goals in the opening period, but did go 7-for-8 from the line, while forcing its hosts into 17 turnovers. The Storm ended the half with a 3-pointer by freshman Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth), but Findlay rebounded its own missed jumper and finished with a layup as time expired sending Lake Erie to the locker room trailing, 44-25.

Findlay's hot hand continued in the second half as it went 10-for-17 from long range. Lake Erie picked up its scoring in the paint, gaining 20 of its 28 second period points from inside the lane. The Storm went 10-for-14 from the charity stripe, to finish the game at a season-best 77-percent with a 17-for-22 performance. Lake Erie outdid the Oilers from free throw territory, as Findlay went 12-for-19 for 63-percent.

Sophomore forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow) led the Storm in both points and rebounds with 14 and six, respectively. Ames chipped in 11 points, while freshman forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) and Busson each added nine points.

Lake Erie (1-4) remains on the road this weekend as it competes in the Ashland Tournament where it will take on Slippery Rock at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WELW 1330 AM and welw.com.