Rogers Scores Her 1,000th Point as Storm Routs Salem for Second Straight Win

Stephanie Rogers scores her 1,000th career point (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)
Stephanie Rogers scores her 1,000th career point (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) entered Tuesday (Nov. 15) night's game needing just 17 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career.  She hit the marked with her final bucket of the contest with 11:34 to go.  That was the only drama on the night as the Storm blew out its second straight opponent to start the season, this time 88-39 over Salem International University at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center. 

Rogers, who became just the sixth woman in Lake Erie history to reach the 1,000-point milestone, finished with a game-high 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists, going five-of-seven from the field and seven-of-eight from the line.  She was joined in double figures by classmate Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls), who had 14, herself closing in on the 1,000-point mark (932).

Unlike Saturday's opener, when the Storm (2-0) jumped out to a 12-0 lead in a 66-point rout of Ursuline College, this one was close five minutes in.  Lake Erie had taken a 7-2 lead but Salem International (0-2) tied it at 7-7 at the 15:16 mark.

But then the Storm turned it on.  Lake Erie outscored the Tigers 40-9 the rest of the half, forcing turnovers and rushed shots with a full-court pressure defense and taking full advantage of their opportunities at the foul line.  The Storm hit 13-of-16 from the stripe in the first half.  Caiola led the way with 12 points and Rogers added 10 as those two alone outscored Salem in the opening 20 minutes.

After forcing 20 turnovers in the first half, the Storm kept the pressure on in the second, forcing 17 more giveaways. The LEC reserves continued the onslaught on the scoreboard, with senior Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls/Akron) scoring the first nine points of her Storm career and classmate Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow- Munroe Falls) also added nine.

Eleven different players scored for Lake Erie, which shot 44.6 percent (29-of-65) in the game and went 25-of-33 from the line in the 49-point win.

Salem International shot just 27.8% (15-of-54) in the game, going just one-of-eight from three-point range.  Veronica Wheeler had eight points to lead the Tigers.

The Storm will look to open the season 3-0 for the first time in school history on Sunday, Nov. 20, when it hosts traditional nonconference rival Notre Dame College (Ohio) at 6 p.m.

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