PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Hopes of a season-ending upset of the nation's second ranked team were erased quickly as visiting Ashland University scored the first 16 points and then broke things open with a 14-0 second-half run en route to an 80-54 victory over the Lake Erie College women's basketball team in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division action Saturday afternoon (March 1).
The Eagles (28-1, 21-1 GLIAC) built the lead to 20 early on, hitting five of their first seven three-point attempts, but the Storm (4-22, 2-20 GLIAC) managed to close within nine points thanks to two runs, one 8-0 and the other 7-0. Alyssa Miller's jumper with 54 seconds to go in the period gave Ashland an 11-point lead at halftime, 40-29.
It was still an 11-point game four minutes into the second half before the Eagles took firm command. The aforementioned 14-0 spurt in just 2:23 gave Ashland a 60-35 lead with 13:28 left.
Despite the loss, Lake Erie got a strong effort from freshman Ali Gagne (Cortland, Ohio/Lakeview) who scored a career-high 12 points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench. Junior Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) added 11 for the Storm.
Four Eagles scored in double figures, led by Taylor Woods' 16 points. Kari Daugherty, Alyssa Miller and Lindsay Tenyak all scored 13, with Tenyak hitting four of the team's eight three-pointers.
Ashland shot just under 50% for the game, going 27-of-55, including eight-of-18 from distance. Daugherty and Daiva Gerbec each pulled down nine rebounds as the Eagles held a 41-34 edge on the boards.
The Storm was just five-of-30 (16.7%) from the field in the second half and finished at 25.4% (15-of-59) for the game. The Storm did have its best performance of the season at the foul line, going 20-of-24.
The Eagles will be the top seed in next week's GLIAC Tournament and likely have already secured a spot in the NCAA Division II Championship tournament. Lake Erie suffered its third straight defeat to end the season.