NORTH CANTON, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team shot a season-best 49% from the field and got a balanced offensive attack behind another double-double from Ashar Harris in snapping their season-high eight-game losing streak with a 66-54 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) victory on the road at Walsh University Saturday afternoon (Jan. 12).
The win was the first for the Storm (3-9, 1-8 GLIAC) since Nov. 26 and was also the team's first league victory of the season.
And once again it was the senior Harris (Columbus, Ohio/Africentric/Morehead State) leading the way with her team-leading eighth double-double of the year. She led all players with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
Redshirt junior Chloe Irish (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) scored seven of her career-high-tying nine points in the final five minutes of the first half, during which time the Storm turned a 23-20 deficit into a 38-29 halftime lead. Harris had 11 points and eight boards in the first 20 minutes to lead the Green and White.
Lake Erie then turned to its defense in the second half. The Storm held Walsh (4-9, 1-8 GLIAC) to just three points in the first eight-plus minutes after halftime and ultimately built the lead to 15 points with 7:46 to play.
The Cavaliers got within seven twice, the last at 59-52 with 4:19 remaining, but scored just once more the rest of the game as the Storm closed it out with a 9-2 run during that time.
In addition to Harris and Irish, sophomore guard Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) scored eight points while freshmen Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) and Skylar Hebert (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns) each scored seven. All eight of Murray's points came in the second half.
The Storm connected on 25-of-51 overall from the floor, though they went just four-of-14 from three-point range and continued to struggle at the foul line, hitting just 12-of-23 (52.2%) free throws.
But the defensive effort was more than enough to earn the victory. Lake Erie held Walsh to 42% (21-of-50) and forced 27 turnovers, tying a season-high. Tracy Payne scored 13 points to lead the Cavaliers, but was just six-of-14 from the field. Lydia Corle added 12 points.
The Storm will look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season on Thursday night, Jan. 17, when they return home to host Hillsdale College.