HOOPS PREVIEW: Unbeaten Storm looking to rage on

HOOPS PREVIEW: Unbeaten Storm looking to rage on

STORM (4-0) vs. MOUNTAINEERS (0-4)
Tuesday, Nov. 26 (5:30 p.m.) -- Mansfield, Pa. (Decker Gymnasium)
Live Audio/Stats: GoMounties.com

[Complete game notes PDF]

THE GAME: Fresh off defending its win streak in come-from-behind style, Lake Erie heads to Pennsylvania to take on the Mansfield Mountaineers. On Saturday LEC stormed back from a second-half 10-point deficit in running its season record to 4-0. In the second half of that contest -- an eventual 52-50 win over Mercyhurst (Pa.) -- the Storm held the Lakers to just 24 points while forcing 15 turnovers. The game marked LEC's home opener, and now the Storm heads back on the road for two games that will bracket the Thanksgiving holiday (LEC will be at Ursuline on Sunday). ... Lake Erie has forced a slew of turnovers in the early going, fueling a fine 55.5 points-allowed-per-game figure that ranks first in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ... Sophomore G SAMI NARDUCCI scored 11 points to lead Lake Erie in scoring on Saturday. LEC has been a balanced bunch on offense, with eight different players notching double figures in a game this season. ... Tuesday's game kicks off a run of four straight road contests for the Storm. LEC won't return home until Dec. 14.


THE SERIES: Tuesday's game will mark the fourth all-time meeting between the Storm and Mountaineers. Lake Erie has won two of the three previous meetings, both of which came in the front half of the 2009-10 season.  Mansfield won the first meeting between the two programs back in the 1993-94 season.


SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS: Mansfield has scuffled in the early going, losing each of its first four games. The Mountaineers have allowed 79.0 PPG, and they yielded 84 in an 84-75 home loss to West Chester (Pa.) on Saturday. In that contest, Mansfield was outshot by 10 percent (field goals) and finished as a minus-eight in turnover margin. The Mountaineers are a minus-6.5 in average turnover margin for the season. ... Sophomore F KATIE FITZPATRICK is leading MU byu averaging 17.0 PPG and 10.0 RPG. Senior C JENA MATTER is averaging 12.0 PPG and 7.0 RPG. ... MU was red-hot on 3-pointers in games one and two, going 11-of-20. They are just 8-of-33 since. ... The Mountaineers are 0-2 at home this season and 4-14 over their last 18 games at Decker Gymnasium.

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