Women Look to Get Back on Right Track By Hosting Lake Superior and Saginaw Valley

Britt Busson (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions, Inc.)
Britt Busson (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions, Inc.)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO --  The Lake Erie College women's basketball team wraps up its four-game homestand this weekend trying to shake off a pair of tough losses at home.  The Storm (10-4, 4-3 GLIAC) hosts Lake Superior State University (5-10, 1-7 GLIAC) on Thursday night, Jan. 19, and then Saginaw Valley State University (3-12, 1-7 GLIAC) Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21. Last weekend, the Storm fell to the University of Findlay by a bucket (71-69) and then had a four-point lead wiped away in the last two minutes by Tiffin University (73-62).  It marks the first time all season Lake Erie has dropped back-to-back games.

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 199-151 record at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College and needs just one win to reach the 200 plateau.     

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie led 62-58 with 2:47 to go, but visiting Tiffin scored on its final 10 possessions and outscored the Storm 15-0 down the stretch en route to a 73-62 win.  The Storm led by eight at halftime, but went cold down the stretch. Stephanie Rogers scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead three Storm players in double figures.  

LONG RANGE GOALS: Senior guards Cate Cianchetti and Britt Busson have combined to go 37-of-73 (50.7%) from three-point range this year in conference play.

DOUBLING UP:  The double-double by Alyssa Wagers against Findlay Jan. 12 was her fifth this season and the 28th of her career. She scored 10 points and had 11 rebounds in that game.

SERIES HISTORY: This is just the second time the Storm will face both Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley State. Lake Erie lost its first meetings against each team last year on the road.           

OPPOSITION POSITION:  The Lakers have dropped four straight and seven-of-eight overall in conference play.  Junior Maria Blazejewski is the only player scoring in double figures for first-year head coach Justin Rees, averaging 16.6 points per game, second in the GLIAC.  Former SVSU sharp-shooter Jamie Pewinski returned to her alma mater this season after five years as the head coach at Lake Superior.  However, despite five returning starters, the Cardinals have gotten off to just a 3-12 start and have lost their last five straight. Junior guard Jasmine Woods leads the team in scoring at 9.6 ppg. but has missed the last four games.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm will be on the road for the next three games, starting Thursday night, Jan. 26 at Findlay.   

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