Storm in Search of Record Matching Wins in Saturday's Winter White Out

GAME 24 - WINTER STORM WHITE OUT
Lake Erie College Storm (15-8) vs. Ohio Dominican University Panthers (12-8)
When:
Saturday Jan. 30, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Where: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center (700 capacity) in Painesville, Ohio
Radio Broadcast: ESPN 970 WFUN (Craig Deas, play-by-play) LISTEN LIVE
Live Stats: http://www.lec.edu/ath_stats/livestats/wbk/xlive.htm
Series History: Series tied 2-2
Last Meeting (Result): Dec. 14, 1993 (Ohio Dominican won 78-61 at ODU)

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STORM LOOKS TO MATCH RECORD TEAM: On the verge of a pair of records, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team returns home to host Ohio Dominican University on Saturday, Jan. 30, as part of the "Winter Storm White Out" doubleheader.  The Storm, which has won seven in a row, is just one win shy of tying the school single-season record of 16 set in 2007-08 and is also one win shy of the record eight-game winning streak, also set by the '07-'08 squad.  Ohio Dominican also enters the game riding a lengthy wining streak.  The Storm is coming off an 80-66 win at Seton Hill on Tuesday.  The Panthers won their sixth straight on Wednesday against Urbana (55-54). 

SERIES HISTORY: The series is tied 2-2 with Lake Erie and Ohio Dominican alternating wins in the previous four meetings.  The Storm won the first meeting, 63-48 on Dec. 1, 1989 at ODU.  This is just the second meeting in Painesville, where the Storm posted a 61-60 win on Nov. 14, 1992.  

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Senior guard Renese Ames had a big first half to put the Storm in front and junior forward Alyssa Wagers dominated the second half as Lake Erie won its seventh straight, 80-66, at Seton Hill Monday night.  Ames scored 13 of her season-high 20 points in the opening 20 minutes as LEC built a 41-29 halftime lead.  Wagers, who recorded her third straight double-double, scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds after halftime, going 12-of-15 from the foul line in the process.  She finished with game highs of 21 points and 14 boards and a school single-game record 13 free throws (in 16 attempts).  Sophomore Stephanie Rogers finished with 12 points and Jen Caiola chipped in with 11.  As a team, the Storm shot 44% overall and went 25-of-31 from the charity stripe (80.6%).

SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALL RIGHT: With the 77-66 win over Urbana last weekend, Lake Erie improved to 6-0 this season on Saturdays.  The Storm's final four games all fall on Saturday.

SO FAR, SO GOOD: Since the calendar flipped to 2010 four weeks ago, the Storm has not lost, posting a 6-0 mark so far in the new year.   

THE MILLENIUM CLUB: Senior guard Renese Ames enters the weekend just eight points shy of becoming just the fifth player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

IN GOOD COMPANY: The 15 wins by the Storm this season are the second most in a single season in school history (16, 2007-08).  It is just the third winning season ever by a Storm team, but second in the last three years. Only six teams in LEC's 30 years have reached double figures in wins, including three in the last four years.  
 
FREE AS A BIRD: The Storm has been consistent from the free throw line all season long, but in recent weeks Lake Erie has been exceptionally good at the stripe.  In the last five games, the Storm has gone 90-108 (83.3%) as a team from the line, shooting better than 80% in each game.  On the season, Lake Erie ranks 31st nationally in free throw percentage (74.9%).   

WAGERS NAMED ECAC POTW: Alyssa Wagers was selected as the ECAC Division II women's basketball co-player of the week on Jan. 26 after scoring a career-high 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 77-66 win over Urbana the previous Saturday.  She is the second Storm player to receive the award this season, joining sophomore Stephanie Rogers, who was recognized on Dec. 15.

THE TEN SPOT: Senior guard Renese Ames reached double figures in scoring at Seton Hill for the 11th straight game and 15th time in the last 16 contests.  In her career, Ames has scored at least 10 points in a game 56 times. 

WAGERS A GOOD BET FOR A DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Alyssa Wagers recorded her 10th double-double of the season - and third straight - at Seton Hill Jan. 26.  In 65 career games, Wagers has posted double figures in points and rebounds 23 times (35 percent).

30th SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: This is the 30th season in Lake Erie women's basketball history dating back to the 1978-79 season.  To date, the Storm has posted an overall record of 167-498 (.251).  However, over 32 percent of the program's all-time wins have come in the last five seasons under head coach Bob Booher.

UP NEXT: The Storm will host Central State next Saturday, Feb. 6, as part of the "Taking Breast Cancer by Storm" doubleheader. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.  For more information about the event, log on to www.lec.edu/athletics