ALLENDALE, Mich.-- The Lake Erie College women's basketball were unable to recover from a ten point halftime deficit as they fell to Grand Valley State University, 76-53, Saturday (Dec. 7) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest.
The Lakers jumped out to a 14-2 early in the first half. The Storm cut into the Lakers lead midway through the half, 18-9, before Grand Valley gained controlled the pace once again. The Storm came mounted another first half comeback, slashing the Laker lead to six, 26-20, in the final five minutes. A pair of Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) free throws with 3:35 left in the half brought the lead down to just four but the Lakers ended the half on an 8-2 lead to take a 34-24 advantage into the locker room.
Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio/Amherst Steel) and Murray led the Storm with seven first half points. Lake Erie shot just 32% (eight-of-25) in the half and were beat on the boards, 21-14. The teams were just about even on turnovers, with the Storm committing 12 and the Lakers committing 11.
Grand Valley continued to grow their lead throughout the second half of play, leading by as much as 26 to preserve their victory.
Murray led the Storm with 14 points to go alongside her four rebounds. Shagovac ended the game with ten points. Chrissy Delaney (Deleware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds. Daija Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Joseph Academy) netted nine points. Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) grabbed a team-high five rebounds.
Dani Crandell led Grand Valley with 17 points and eight rebounds. Bailey Cairnduff and Jill Steinmetz had 11 points each.
The Storm shot just 30.4% (17-of-56) from the floor compared to 47.4% (27-of-57) by Grand Valley. The Lakers outrebounded Lake Erie 43-29.
The Storm heads home next Saturday (Dec. 14) to host Wayne State University.