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Storm Back Home For Final Four Games Starting Thursday Night
PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team returns to the home court to close out the 2012-13 season with four straight games at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. This weekend, the Storm (3-19, 1-18 GLIAC) hosts Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division foes Tiffin University (Thursday, Feb. 21) and Ohio Dominican University (Saturday, Feb. 23).
LAST TIME OUT: The Storm fell behind red-hot Findlay 13-0 in the opening minutes and never recovered as the Oilers won their eighth straight in convincing fashion, 75-37, on Saturday. Lake Erie trailed 44-15 at halftime after the Oilers followed up their opening run with a 16-0 spurt later in the first half. The Storm shot just 27.5% from the field, went 5-of-20 from three-point range and turned the ball over a season-high 32 times. Chrissy Delaney was a bright spot, scoring 11 points and pulling down nine rebounds, a career high. Shelby Carpenter added nine points, her highest scoring output since Jan. 3. Margaret Wuebker led Findlay with 12 points.
DRAGONS DIRECTIONS: Tiffin (11-12, 8-11 GLIAC) snapped a three-game losing streak with an overtime win at home against Walsh University on Saturday. The win keeps the Dragons in a group of four teams fighting for the final two GLIAC Tournament berths. Leading scorer Karli Mast was lost to injury just five games into the season, but Jessica Harris has been solid all year by averaging a double-double on the season (10.1 ppg., 10.3 rpg.).
PANTHERS PREVIEW: Ohio Dominican (8-14, 5-14 GLIAC) has won three games in a row, and four of six overall, to surpass its win total from each of the past two seasons. Sophomore Kacee Hockenberry has been the Panthers' prime scorer, averaging 15.1 ppg. She's scored 20 or more five times, including 21 earlier this season against the Storm. Junior Katelyn Stuckey is averaging 10.8 ppg.
SERIES HISTORY: Lake Erie has never defeated Tiffin, falling in all 10 previous meetings with the Dragons. The Storm leads Ohio Dominican, 6-5, with the Panthers snapping LEC's three-game series winning streak last month.
THE FORECAST: The Storm is at home twice in its final week, hosting Notre Dame College on Wednesday (Feb. 27) and Ashland University Saturday (Mar. 2) in the season finale.