CANTON, OHIO – A lengthy cold spell midway through the second half ended any hopes of a comeback for the Lake Erie College women's basketball team Thursday night (Jan. 10) in a 50-38 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) loss at Malone University.
The Storm (2-9, 0-8 GLIAC) trailed just 34-30 with 10:48 remaining in the contest, but scored just a single point over the next nine minutes as the host Pioneers pulled away with an 11-1 run to take a 14-point lead with two minutes to play.
Lake Erie went 0-for-10 from the field and committed 10 of its season-high 24 turnovers during that stretch.
The Pioneers (8-5, 4-5 GLIAC) trailed just once in the game, at 6-4, and shot 46.2% from the floor in the first half and led by five at the break, 26-21.
Malone cooled off offensively in the second half, down to under 30%, but the Pioneers defense held Lake Erie to identical six-of-26 shooting performances in each half, a rate of 23.1% overall. Malone entered the game allowing a league-low 52.9 points per game.
Senior guard Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) scored a team and season-high 11 points in the loss, connecting on a pair of three-pointers. Freshman Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) scored all 10 of her points in the first half. Senior Ashar Harris (Columbus, Ohio/Africentric/Morehead State) was held to a season-low four points, but did manage to grab 15 rebounds for the Storm.
Malone was led by Deborah Simmers' 15 points while Sydnee Penn added 11. Logan Pastor pulled down 17 rebounds for the Pioneers, though Lake Erie had a 43-37 edge on the glass.
The Storm are on the road again Saturday, Jan. 12, with a GLIAC game at Walsh University.