PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- After snapping its eight-game losing streak, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team hits the home court for the first time in the new year this evening to kickoff a weekend of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division play. Thursday night (Jan. 19), the Storm (3-9, 1-8 GLIAC) host Hillsdale College in LEC's first home game since Dec. 19 and then host the University of Findlay on Saturday (Jan. 19).
LIGHTNING QUICK RECAP: The Storm shot a season-high 49% and shutdown host Walsh University in the second half en route to a 66-54 victory on Saturday (Jan. 12). Ashar Harris led all players with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Behind her was a balanced offensive attack. Chloe Irish matched her career high with nine points, Jackie Murray scored eight and Kaeding Skelton and Skylar Hebert each had seven points. (Box Score | Complete Recap)
CHARGERS PREVIEW: Hillsdale (5-8, 2-8 GLIAC) snapped a seven-game skid and picked up their first win since Dec. 1 with a 70-56 win at home Saturday against Ohio Dominican University. Sophomore Kadie Lowery scored a career-high 20 points in the win. Classmate Megan Fogt is averaging a double-double on the year in the post, leading the team with 15.0 ppg. and 11.0 rpg. averages.
OILERS OVERVIEW: Findlay (11-3, 8-2 GLIAC) carries a five-game winning streak into action Thursday night at top-ranked Ashland University. The Oilers beat Ohio Dominican by 30, 67-37, last Thursday at home and then held off Tiffin University on Saturday for a 67-61 win. At 73.0 ppg., the Oilers have the second highest scoroing offense in the league. Senior forward Kayla Brown is averaging 19.0 ppg. to rank third in the GLIAC while Tai Dotson averages 10.4 ppg. and a team-leading 6.2 rpg.
SERIES HISTORY: Lake Erie won both meetings last season against the Chargers, including a 66-64 win at Hillsdale in the last meeting, Feb. 1, 2012 (Box Score) to tie the series at 2-2. Findlay leads the all-time series with the Storm 10-1, but Lake Erie won the last meeting, 70-62, on Jan. 26, 2012 (Box Score).
SKELTON STEPS UP: Freshman post Kaeding Skelton had her best game offensively as a collegian in the loss at Northern Michigan Jan. 5, going seven-of-eight from the floor and three-of-five at the foul line for a career-high 17 points. However, she continued her strong play last weekend at Malone and Walsh and is averaging 11.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in the last three games while shooting an impressive 81.3% (13-of-16) from the field.
SHE'S ONLY JUST BEGUN: Freshman guard Shelby Carpenter has been a thorn in the side of opposing ballhandlers all year with a team-leading 35 steals. The two-time high school league player of the year is second in the GLIAC in steals per game at 2.9 and has seven games with at least three steals. Offensively, she has scored in double figures five times and has started every game this season.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKS: In the lastest NCAA national rankings for 2012-13, Ashar Harris ranked fifth in Division II in rebounding and her eight double-doubles this season also are the sixth most in DII. In both categories she is second in the GLIAC, trailing only Ashland's Kari Daugherty. Shelby Carpenter is 23rd in the country in steals per game at 3.27. As a team, LEC is 30th in that category.
ROAD WARRIORS: Lake Erie plays just two of its nine January games at home. In fact, the Storm is currently in the midst of a stretch of nine-of-11 away from home between Dec. 30-Feb. 2.
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UP NEXT: The Storm hosts the University of Findlay on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 19, at approximately 3 p.m.