STORM (5-3) vs. WARRIORS (3-1)
Saturday, Dec. 14 (1 p.m.) -- Painesville, Ohio (Osborne Athletic Center)
Live Audio/Stats: LakeErieStorm.com
THE GAME: Lake Erie returns to its home hardwood looking to shake a losing streak. The Storm has lost three in a row, with that trio of missteps coming on the heels of a season-opening five-game win streak. The Green & White haven't played a home game since defeating Mercyhurst (Pa.), 52-50, on Nov. 23. ... Two-thirds of LEC's three-game losing streak was compiled last week in West Michigan. On Dec. 5 and Dec. 7, the Storm was swept in games at Ferris State and Grand Valley State. Lake Erie went into that Michigan road trip -- and opening of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule -- with the GLIAC's top scoring defense. But the Bulldogs and Lakers combined to score 153 points on the strength of a 50.5 percent (53-of-105) accuracy mark from the field. LEC was also out-rebounded, 76-53, over the two games in Michigan.
THE SERIES: LEC and and Wayne State have met five times (all over the last three seasons). WSU leads the series, three games to two. The Warriors won last year's lone meeting, 51-48 in Detroit on Dec. 9, 2012. ... Lake Erie is 1-1 against the Warriors in Painesville.
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS: Wayne State heads into Saturday's game on a two-game win streak. The Warriors scored a combined 173 points in dispatching GLIAC foes Tiffin (Dec. 5) and Ohio Dominican (Dec. 7) at home last week. WSU shot over 50 percent from the floor in each of those victories, and the Warriors will arrive in Painesville shooting a robust 51.9 percent (122-of-235) on the season. WSU is fourth in the league in scoring, at 80.5 points per game. The Warriors averaged 69.3 PPG last year when they went 22-9 and advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional final before bowing out to eventual national champion Ashland. WSU's 22 wins in 2012-13 fell just one shy of a program-record 23 tallied in 1980-81. Head Coach CARRIE LOHR was named GLIAC Coach of the Year in 2012-13. This year's Wayne State squad returns just two starters and five lettermen from last year. Gone is 72 percent of last year's scoring; C SHARETA BROWN -- a 6-foot-1 transfer from Detroit-Mercy -- has led the Warriors in scoring thus far. Brown scored 27P in WSU's last game and is averaging a league-best 21.2 PPG.
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