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Late Surge by Michigan Tech Sends Storm to Road Defeat, 59-45.
HOUGHTON, MICH. – Kylie Moxley scored a game-high 26 points off the bench and host Michigan Technological University pulled away from the Lake Erie College women's basketball team midway through the second half for a 59-45 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) victory Thursday night (Jan. 3) at the Student Development Complex Gymnasium.
The Storm (2-7, 0-6 GLIAC) had no answer down low for Moxley as the six-foot freshman went 10-of-11 from the floor and also hit six-of-seven from the foul line. She scored 16 of her points in the second half, including 11 in the final nine minutes to help the Huskies (8-3, 6-1 GLIAC) distance themselves on the scoreboard.
The two teams were an identical 5-of-19 (26.3%) from the field in what was offensively an ugly first half, however the Huskies went a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line which gave them a 21-14 lead at the break. The Storm defense forced 15 turnovers, held the Huskies to just one-of-nine from three-point range and limited All-American guard Sam Hoyt to just two points in the first 20 minutes. Senior forward Ashar Harris (Columbus, Ohio/Africentric/Morehead State) had nine of Lake Erie's 14 first-half points.
Michigan Tech picked up the pace early in the second half, taking a 33-20 lead just over five minutes into the period. However, a 11-0 Lake Erie run brought the Storm within a basket at 33-31 on a three-pointer from senior guard Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) with 9:32 to play.
The Huskies responded with an 8-0 run that pushed the margin back into double digits with six mintues left. Freshman guard Shelby Carpenter (Dayton, Ohio/Miami Valley) hit a jump shot and a pair of free throws to make it 43-37, but that was as close as the Storm would get the rest of the way.
Michigan Tech closed the game by outscoring Lake Erie 16-8 over the final five minutes.
In addition to Moxley, Hoyt recovered from her slow start to finish with 11 points. The Huskies shot just 37.2% (16-of-43) overall but were an impressive 25-of-28 at the foul line and committed just five turnovers in the second half.
Harris led the Storm with 15 points and Carpenter chipped in with 10. Junior Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) added eight points off the bench, hitting eight-of-10 free throws. LEC went 14-of-40 (35%) from the field and was outrebounded 34-21. Harris was held to a season-low four rebounds, ending her season-opening streak of consecutive games with double figures on the boards at eight straight.
The Storm continue their weekend road trip on the Upper Peninsula Saturday, Jan. 5, looking to put a stop to their now six-game losing streak at Northern Michigan University.