PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Down by a dozen points at halftime, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team roared back with an `18-5 run but couldn't complete the comeback bid as visiting Walsh University held off the Storm 57-52 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action Saturday night (Feb. 9).
Trailing 33-21 following a hot start by the guests, Lake Erie (3-17, 1-16 GLIAC) scored the first five points of the second half and went on a 7-0 a few minutes later to take a 39-38 lead with 12:44 to play. The two teams then went back-and-forth for the next 10 minutes until a 6-0 run by Walsh (7-13, 4-12 GLIAC) saw the Cavaliers take an eight-point lead on a pair of Tara Gallupe free throws with 26 seconds to play.
Senior guard Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) hit a pair of three's in the final 16 seconds to get the Storm within three points, but Audrey Badovick's two free throws with seven seconds left sealed the victory.
After missing their first two shots, the Cavaliers caught fire and connected on 11 of their next 13 shots to take a 15-point lead at 28-13 with 6:10 remaining in the first half. The Storm cut it to 10 before Gallupe hit two free throws with less than a second remaining for the 12-point halftime lead.
Lake Erie shot just 34.1% from the floor in the game and went 17-of-31 (54.8%) at the foul line. The Storm defense, especially in the second half, kept them in the game. Overall they forced 32 Walsh turnovers and picked up 24 steals in the contest.
After hitting half their shots in the first half (12-of-24), the Cavaliers went just four-of-18 (22.2%) in the second. Walsh was better at the foul line, however, going 15-of-22 in the second half and 21-of-31 overall.
Junior Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) led the Storm offense with a career-high 12 points while sophomore guard Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent St. Mary) added 11. Redshirt junior Chloe Irish (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) and freshman guard Shelby Carpenter (Dayton, Ohio/Miami Valley) each had six steals on defense.
Gallupe led Walsh with 11 points off the bench and Sarah Stephenson added 10 for the Cavaliers.
Lake Erie is on the road next weekend starting Thursday, Feb. 14, at Hillsdale College for a Valentine's Day GLIAC match-up with the Chargers.