Playoff Push Begins for Storm Women on Road at Findlay and Wayne State

Alyssa Wagers
Alyssa Wagers

PAINESVILLE, OHIO --  After bouncing back with a pair of home wins last weekend, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team goes on the road this week for two important Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contests, looking to enhance their postseason positioning.  The Storm (12-4, 6-3 GLIAC), currently in fifth place in the overall GLIAC standings, will travel to sixth-place University of Findlay (12-5, 6-4 GLIAC) on Thursday night, Jan. 26, and then play at eighth-place Wayne State University (10-8, 5-6 GLIAC) Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie had its worst offensive output of the season, scoring just 44 points on 28.6% shooting, but a terrific defensive effort pushed the Storm to a 44-36 win over Saginaw Valley.  Alyssa Wagers and Stephanie Rogers each scored 10 points and combined to grab 17 rebounds.  Rogers also blocked three shots and had six of the team's 17 steals. LEC limited SV to just 30% from the floor and forced 23 turnovers.

ON TO THE NEXT 200: The 67-43 win over Lake Superior State on Jan. 19 was the 200th of head coach Bob Booher's college coaching career. Now in his 13th season of college coaching, Booher has compiled a 201-151 record at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College.     

NO LONG DISTANCE SERVICE:  The Storm defense has not allowed a three-point basket in its last two games, with Lake Superior and Saginaw Valley going a combined 0-for-17 from deep.      

WAGERS NEXT UP FOR THE 1,000 POINT CLUB:  The Storm has already had two players reach the 1,000-point mark for their career this season and Alyssa Wagers has a chance to join them as early as this weekend.   Wagers has 984 points in her career and is just 16 away from becoming the eighth player to reach that mark in school history. Stephanie Rogers reached the milestone on Nov. 15 against Salem International and Jen Caiola scored her 1,000th point Dec. 1 against Wayne State. 

WINNING WAYS: The 12 victories this season are the third most in a single season in school history, trailing only the 2009-10 (18 wins) and 2007-08 (16) squads. One more win would clinch the program's fourth .500 or better season – and third in the last five years. 

BLOCK PARTY:  Stephanie Rogers currently ranks 13th nationally, averaging 2.6 blocked shots per game. She has five games this season with four blocks. Rogers is third overall in the GLIAC in that category and Lake Erie is first as a team (4.7).  Her 244 career blocks are second most ever at LEC and just three shy of the school record.          

OPPOSITION POSITION:  Findlay has won three straight, a streak that started with a 71-69 victory over the Storm in Painesville Jan. 12.  The Oilers took out Hillsdale College 63-48 in their last game Jan. 19.  Junior wing Kayla Brown leads the team in seven statistical categories, including scoring (13.5 ppg.) and rebounding (5.2 rpg.). Freshman forward Lacey Kessler has scored 39 points in her last two games.  

The Warriors, meanwhile, bounced back from a three-game losing streak with a 74-70 win at Ohio Dominican University on Saturday.  Junior guard Paige Sickmiller scored 20 points in that game.  Junior D-I transfer Juanita Cochran leads the team in both scoring (12.7 ppg.) and rebounding (10.1 rpg.), just ahead of All-GLIAC forward Phaebre Colbert (11.7 ppg., 6.9 rpg.). 

A LOOK AHEAD: Lake Erie wraps up its three-game road trip Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Hillsdale. 

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