February 23, 2013

Career Day from Irish Not Enough to Lift Storm Past Panthers

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Despite a career game from redshirt junior Chloe Irish (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone), the Lake Erie College women's basketball team couldn't pull off a second half comeback, falling to Ohio Dominican University 68-58 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

Irish, who earlier this season scored a then career-high 16 points in a loss at ODU, picked up her first career double-double, setting personal bests in both points and rebounds. She came out with a hot hand early, scoring five points during a 7-0 run by the Storm (4-20, 2-19 GLIAC). Her jumper with 7:12 to go before halftime gave Lake Erie a 27-18 lead. But those would be the Storm's last points of the period, as the Panthers went on a 15-0 run to close out the half.

Ohio Dominican (9-15, 6-15 GLIAC) extended the lead to 11 early in the second half before Lake Erie started to chip away. Irish, who scored 11 in the first half, hit a three to get them within six, but the Panthers quickly pushed the lead back to double digits.

It was a 10-point game at 54-44 with 8:04 to go when Irish again caught fire. She scored seven points during a 10-1 run that brought Lake Erie nearly even at 55-54 with 5:32 left. After Mykelia Mast hit a pair of free throws, Irish answered with a bucket at 4:45 to make it 57-56.

But it was all ODU from that point on as the Panthers closed out the contest on an 11-2 run .  The only LEC points during that stretch were two free throws by Irish, her 24th and 25th points of the game.

In addition to her 25 points, Irish grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and added three steals on defense. She went nine-of-14 from the field and six-of-seven at the line. 

Sophomore Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent St. Mary) joined Irish in double figures with 12 points.  As a team, Lake Erie shot 30.5% (18-of-59) , including six-of-21 (28.6%) from three-point range.

Rachel Torrey led four Panthers in double figures, scoring 11 of her team-high 13 points in the first half.  Melissa Scherpenberg added 12 points and 12 rebounds while Kacee Hockenberry had 11 points and seven steals. Micaela Liddance scored 10 points.

ODU connected on 20-of-45 (44.4%) from the field and went 22-of-33 at the line.

Both teams committed over 20 turnovers in the contest.

The Storm enters the final week of the season by hosting nonconference rival Notre Dame College Wednesday night, Feb. 27, for Senior Night.

-LEC-