ELKINS, W. Va. – Lake Erie scored an impressive 98-85 victory over Davis & Elkins (W. Va.) on Saturday, pulling off a two-day sweep in the D&E-hosted GLIAC-GMAC Challenge.
Fresh off a 51-33 win on Friday night, the Storm rode the red-hot shooting of Jackie Murray (7-of-11 on 3-pointers) to the program's highest single-game score since Dec. 5, 2009. Lake Erie struggled from the floor on Friday but flipped that script for their Saturday matinee: the Storm shot 43.7 percent (31-of-71) from the floor, 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent (26-of-36) from the foul line.
Lake Erie (2-0) got a game-high 23 points from Murray. Three other Storm players – Chloe Irish (14 points), Jodie Jindra (15) and Kaeding Shelton (14) – also notched double figures in the offensive explosion.
LEC scored 10 of the game's first 17 points but then went on a 19-6 run to open a 29-13 lead by the midpoint of the first half. With both teams getting to the line and scoring frequently, the Senators worked their way back to a six-point deficit (46-40) by the 1:28-mark. Lake Erie would take a 48-42 lead into halftime, with Irish scoring 12 points in 11 minutes and Shelton notching 10 in 12. Murray hit three treys en route to scoring nine first-half points for the Storm.
The Senators (0-2) went on a 6-0 run to start the second half. With the score knotted at 48-48, Murray drained the first of four second-half 3-pointers. That three-ball ignited a 13-4 run for the Storm, and by the 14-minute mark, Lake Erie was back up by nine (61-52).
The home five got as close as four in the next few minutes of game play, but solid LEC rebounding and defense thwarted any extended runs for the Senators. In one stretch beginning at the midpoint of the half, the Storm got points from eight different players in building their lead to 15 points.
With Lake Erie shooting a robust 51.6 percent (16-of-31) in the second half, Davis & Elkins would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way.
Jackie Murray scored all of her seven buckets in the game from beyond the 3-point stripe. She went 7-of-11 from distance and 2-of-2 at the free-throw line in piling up her 23 points. Irish (nine rebounds), Jindra (eight) and Skelton (eight) were LEC's top performers on the glass in a game that saw the Storm out-rebound the Senators, 54-45. Lake Erie was credited with 27 assists in the contest; Chrissy Delaney (10) and Sami Narducci (nine) combined for 19 of those assists.