January 9, 2010

Fantastic Finish Sends Storm to Fourth Straight Win, 74-63, at Central State

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Junior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored all 17 of her points in the second half as the Lake Erie College women's basketball team rallied from a half-time deficit to reach the 12-win mark for just the second time in school history with a 74-63 road win at Central State University Saturday (Jan. 9).

Three other players reached double figures for Lake Erie as the Storm (12-8) matched its season-high with its fourth straight win  by scoring the game's final 15 points.

Lake Erie led by four with just under six minutes remaining in the first half, but scored just two more points the remainder of the period and trailed 36-31 at halftime.

Central State (6-9) built a seven-point lead early in the second half before a 16-5 Lake Erie run, keyed by Wagers and senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) put the Storm up 52-48. The Marauders responded and took a four-point lead of their own at 63-59 on a jumper by Deshundra Gibson with 5:44 to go. 

But that would be Central State's last points of the game. A three-pointer by sophomore guard Jen Caiola (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) kick started a 15-0 run by the Storm to close the game.

Wagers added eight rebounds, three steals and three assists to go along with her 17 points. Ames and Caiola each scored 15 points and sophomore post Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) added 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. As a team the Storm shot 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field and was 12-of-13 from the foul line. 

The Marauders got a game-high 19 points from Gibson and a double-double from Brooklyn Morrow (15 points, 10 rebounds)  but shot just 23-of-67 (23%) from the floor, including only two-of-13 from three-point range. Central State also hit just 15-of-27 from the line. They missed their final five field goal and five free throw attempts.

The Storm will look to extend its winning streak to five games on Tuesday night, Jan. 12, at home against traditional area rival Ursuline College. Tip-off at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center is 7 p.m.