CLEVELAND – Cleveland State downed Lake Erie, 76-48, in exhibition action on Thursday evening.
The Storm (2-0) was within seven at the half, but a hot-shooting host five created turnovers and offense in a second half that saw CSU outscore LEC, 48-27.
Lake Erie was solid in the early going, getting four points from Chrissy Delaney over the first five minutes of play. At the 15-minute mark the Storm trailed by just one point (7-6), but the Vikings then went on a 13-3 run. LEC went into halftime trailing, 28-21. A staunch Storm defense held CSU scoreless over the final four-and-a-half minutes of the first frame.
Lake Erie shot just 28.6 percent (8-of-28) in the opening 20 minutes.
A Jackie Murray jumper accounted for the first bucket of the second half, and her two-pointer brought the Strom to within five (28-23). But that's as close as Lake Erie would get the rest of the way. A Haley Schmitt basket ignited a decisive 16-2 run for Cleveland State, a run that saw LEC commit six turnovers.
CSU worked its lead to 20 by the 13:56-mark. The contest was mostly an even exchange from there on, save for a late 12-4 run by the Vikings.
Lake Erie shot the ball better in the second half, connecting in 46.2 percent (12) of 26 attempts. Cleveland State shot a red-hot 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the field in the second. The Vikings went 4-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc in the second half and 8-for-16 from distance in the game.
Five players reached double digits in scoring for CSU. That contingent was led by Kiersten Green, who tallied 16.
Jackie Murray led LEC in scoring; she had 11 points. Chrissy Delaney added nine points and six rebounds. Lake Erie out-rebounded Cleveland State, 43-30, but CSU was a plus-15 in the turnover exchange (CSU 16, LEC 31).
Lake Erie will continue its regular season with a road tilt next Thursday, Nov. 21. The Storm will tangle with the Fighting Scots of Ohio Valley University (W. Va.) in a 6 p.m. tilt in Vienna, W. Va.