PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team returns to the home court this weekend for a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division contests. The Storm (3-15, 1-14 GLIAC) will look to stop their current six-game losing streak against league newcomers Malone University Thursday night, Feb. 7, and Walsh University Saturday evening, Feb. 9.
LIGHTNING QUICK RECAP: Lake Erie never led and fell behind by 18 early in the game as top-ranked Ashland University cruised to an 84-42 victory Saturday (Feb. 2). Jackie Murray scored 10 points to lead the Storm.
PIONEERS PREVIEW: Malone (11-8, 7-8 GLIAC) has won three-of-four and are tied for third in the South Division standings. The Pioneers are ninth in the overall league standings, just one game out of a potential conference tournament spot if they were eligible for the postseason. Deborah Simmers is the only Malone player averaging double figures, scoring 12.8 ppg., but four others averaged at least eight points per game and two more are over five per contest.
CAVALIERS CHECKUP: Walsh (6-12, 3-11 GLIAC) carries a three-game losing streak into action Thursday night at top-ranked Ashland. Prior to their current skid, the Cavaliers had won two straight following a five-game losing streak that was capped by a 66-54 loss at home to the Storm. Tracy Payne and Maggie Berry lead the team in scoring at 13.2 and 10.3 points per game, respectively.
THE FORECAST: Lake Erie plays its final two road games of the season next weekend, traveling to Hillsdale College and the University of Findlay Feb. 14 and 16.