PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Despite missing their leading scorer for the second straight game, visiting Northwood University was able to put up enough offense to defeat the Lake Erie College women's basketball team, 53-40, on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 19), sending to the Storm to its fifth straight defeat.
Lake Erie (2-6, 0-5 GLIAC) continued to struggle on its own offensive end, shooting just 30 percent (15-of-30) from the field overall. The Storm especially struggled at the foul line, going just five-of-15 on free throws and committed 20 turnovers.
The game actually started out on a high note as the Storm defense kept Northwood (6-4, 4-2 GLIAC) off the scoreboard for the first six minutes of the game. However the Storm led just 4-0 at that point. The Timberwolves scored 10 straight points to take command and built as big as an 11-point lead in the first half.
Lauren Robak hit three three-pointers and scored 13 points in the opening 20 minutes for Northwood, which led 26-18 at the break. The Timberwolves connected on eight three-pointers in the game despite missing leading scorer Rachel Church, one of the league's top three-point shooters, who was out with a stress fracture in her foot.
The lead grew to 15 in the second half and the Storm only closed within single digits once, at 37-28 with 10:56 to play.
Robak finished with a game-high 17 points while Jade Ledy added 12 off the bench and Gabrielle Rivette chipped in with 10.
Three players scored eight points for Lake Erie, with senior Ashar Harris (Columbus, Ohio/Africentric/Morehead State), senior Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) and junior Chrissy Delaney (Sunbury, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) sharing team honors. Harris pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds but saw her season-opening double-double streak end at seven games.
The Storm closes out the 2012 calendar year on Sunday, Dec. 30 at Cleveland State University.