PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team closes the 2012-13 season with a home game against nationally second-ranked Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Ashland University Saturday (March 2) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center. The Storm (4-21, 2-19 GLIAC) is looking to snap their current two-game losing streak and end the season on a positive note with an upset of the Eagles.
LIGHTNING QUICK RECAP: A nine-minute cold spell early in the second half did in the Storm in a 66-51 nonconference loss Wednesday night at home to Notre Dame College. Sarah Wojciechowski led LEC with 14 points while Chrissy Delaney added 12 points and nine rebounds, both matching her career high.
EAGLE EYES: Ashland (27-1, 20-1 GLIAC) has won three straight after having its season-opening winning streak snapped by the University of Findlay Feb. 14. The Eagles defeated Ohio Dominican University (62-49) and Tiffin University (77-46) last weekend. Ashland has clinched the GLIAC South Division and laegue overall title for the second straight season, earning the top seed in next week's GLIAC Tournament. The Eagles are also the top ranked team in the Midwest Region. The Eagles are led by reigning national player of the year Kari Daugherty who has scored 46 points in her two games back since missing eight contests with a knee injury. On the year, she leads the GLIAC in scoring (22.6 ppg.) and rebounding (14.3 rpg.). Senior Daiva Gerbec is averaging 14.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest. Guards Taylor Woods and Alyssa Miller also average double-digit scoring.
CHRISSY CASHING IN: Junior wing Chrissy Delaney has played a big role for the Storm in the past month. She has scored in double figures seven times during that nine-game stretch, including five of the last six games. She also had a career-high nine rebounds twice during that time. Since Jan. 30, Delaney is averaging 9.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. She has been even better as of late, averaging 10.3 ppg. and 5.3 rpg. over the last six and has two blocks in each of the past three games.
SENIOR SENDOFF: In the Senior Night loss to Notre Dame, the Storm's two graduating players, Sarah Wojciechowski and Kiarra Jones, comebined for 20 points and six rebounds against the Falcons. On the season, the two players together have averaged 6.8 points and 1.4 rebounds cumulatively.
CAREER DAY FOR CHLOE: Redshirt junior Chloe Irish had the biggest afternoon of her college career in a 68-58 loss to Ohio Dominican Feb. 23. In that contest Irish posted her first career double-double, leading all players with 25 points and 12 rebounds. She did so on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and a 6-of-7 performance at the foul line. The 25 points matched a team season high for the Storm. The 25 points surpassed her previous career high – and only other double figure scoring performance – of 16 points set at ODU earlier this season.
TRYING TO STEAL A WIN: The Storm made 24 steals against Walsh Feb. 9, a season high. That total was the most since they had 25 in the 2011-12 season opener against Ursuline College. Overall, the Storm have recorded double digit steals as a team 21 times, including the last eight games.
PRESSURE POINTS: Pressure defense has been the Storm's calling card in the Bob Booher era, annually ranking near the top of the GLIAC in forced turnovers and steals. This year, Lake Erie is second in the conference in steals (12.3/game), forced turnovers (22.9/game) and in turnover margin (+3.7) – trailing only Findlay in each category. Lake Erie has forced at least 15 turnovers in every game and 20 or more 20 times.