UNIVERSITY CENTER, MICH. – A 14-2 run surrounding halftime proved to be too much for the Lake Erie College women's basketball team to overcome in a 67-58 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) loss Wednesday night (Jan. 30) at Saginaw Valley State University.
The host Cardinals (8-10, 6-8 GLIAC) led by two at 32-30 with 2:18 remaining in the first half before closing the period on a 6-1 run to lead 38-31 at halftime. They then opened the second half with a quick 8-1 run to push it to a 14-point margin at 46-32.
Over the next six minutes Lake Erie (3-14, 1-13 GLIAC) chipped away to close within five points at 46-41, but that was as close as the Storm would get. They trailed by just six with 6:07 to play before the Cardinals scored five straight points to push the margin back into double digits and send the Storm to a fifth straight defeat.
Saginaw Valley took advantage of its opportunities at the foul line in the game, going 27-of-31 at the stripe compared to just five-of-12 for the Storm. Lake Erie was whistled for 10 fouls within the first 12 minutes of the game, allowing the Cardinals to build that first-half lead.
Sophomore guard Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent St. Mary) scored 12 points to lead the Storm while junior wing Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) added a career-high-tying 11 points and freshman Skylar Hebert (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns) scored nine.
Samantha Zirzow scored a game-high 17 points to lead three Cardinals in double figures. Katelyn Carriere tallied 16 and Emily Wendling finished with 14 points. Zirzow also grabbed seven rebounds to lead all players.
The Storm's is one the road again Saturday, Feb. 2, when they head south to face the number one team in the nation, Ashland University, for a GLIAC South Division contest at 3 p.m.