Conference Play Resumes on Saturday at Ohio Dominican

Alyssa Wagers
Alyssa Wagers

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- After a pair of nonconference games over the holiday break, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team resumes Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play Saturday, Jan. 7, at Ohio Dominican University.  The Storm (9-2, 3-1 GLIAC) has split its last four games after opening the season with a seven-game winning streak.  However, the 9-2 mark after 11 games is still the best in school history.

SERIES HISTORY: This is the ninth all-time meeting between the two teams, with the series tied 4-4.  Lake Erie and ODU have split the season series in each of the last two years. Last season, the road team won both times.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: This is the fifth and final game in a row away from home for the Storm. So far Lake Erie is 2-2 on its longest road stretch of the season.  The Storm returns home next week. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Alyssa Wagers had arguably the biggest statistical night of her career with 21 points and 20 rebounds and Stephanie Rogers nearly had a double-double as well in the Storm's 78-69 road win at Seton Hill on Tuesday night.  Lake Erie let a 10-point lead slip away in the second half, but outscored the host Griffins 16-7 down the stretch to pull away.  Sarah Wojciechowski hit back-to-back three's to break a 62-62 tie and finished with 12 points while Jen Caiola chipped in with 11.  Tiara Stossel led three Seton Hill players in double figures with 19 points.

20-20 VISION: Alyssa Wagers' 21-point, 20-rebound effort at Seton Hill was just the third such game in school history.  The other two were by Tracey Evans (30 points, 28 rebounds) on Feb. 19, 1983 and by Jody McMillan (22 points, 24 rebounds) on Feb. 22, 1979.  However, Wagers' 20-20 was the first to come in a winning effort for Lake Erie.

CLOSING IN ON 200: Now in his 13th season of college coaching, Bob Booher is nearing the 200-win mark for his career.  He has compiled a 198-149 record at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College and needs just two more wins to reach the 200 plateau.  

MISS ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD:  In the last two games, Stephanie Rogers is averaging 21 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Storm. She's gone 17-of-26 (65.4%) from the field during that stretch and eight-of-10 from the foul line. Rogers has also blocked seven shots and has four steals On the season, she leads the team in scoring, blocks, FG percentage and FT percentage and is second in rebounding and minutes played.

THE 1,000 POINT CLUB:  The Storm has already had two players reach the 1,000-point mark for their career and a third is closing in.  Stephanie Rogers reached the milestone on Nov. 15 against Salem International and Jen Caiola scored her 1,000th point Dec. 1 against Wayne State. Next up is Alyssa Wagers at 924, just 76 away.      

OPPOSITION POSITION: Since opening the season 5-0, including a win over perennial league power Grand Valley State University, the Panthers have dropped eight straight.  ODU fell on the road at Tiffin on Thursday night, 66-44. Despite the team's record, Abby Glover is averaging nearly a double-double for the Panthers, leading the team with 11.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm opens a four-game homestand Thursday, Jan. 12, against the University of Findlay.

-LEC-