PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Wayne State Warriors (Mich.) outscored Lake Erie, 19-5, over the final eight minutes of play as the Storm fell, 68-48, on Saturday.
LEC went toe-to-toe with a solid WSU squad in an entertaining back-and-forth first half, but the Green & White suffered offensive woes late in the game, turning a close affair into a 20-point win for the visiting five.
With the victory Wayne State remained unbeaten in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, The Warriors (4-1, 3-0 GLIAC) forced 29 Lake Erie turnovers, and junior center Shareta Brown scored 20 points to lead all scorers.
The Storm (5-4, 1-2) shot just 17.9 percent (5-of-28) in the game's second half, and they closed out the game by going 2-of-11 with seven turnovers over the final eight minutes. With the loss, the Green & White have now dropped four straight.
"We played a solid first half," said Head Coach Bob Booher, "but our passing was shaky in the second, and that led to our offense just falling flat. We want to carry through a 40-minute game with the effort and execution I saw in the first half."
Wayne State jumped out to a 15-8 lead at the game's outset, but LEC worked its way back into the game with a 10-3 run. Freshman guard Alyssa Brumbaugh scored five points during that stretch; she would finish the game with a team-high nine.
The balance of the first frame was a see-saw tussle, with neither side able to break through for a run. Wayne State went into halftime with a 34-33 lead, with the two teams combining on nine ties and four lead changes.
The even state of the game would spill over into just about four minutes of play in the second half. After that it was all-Warriors.
When Shelby Carpenter knocked down a jumper at 16:33, Lake Erie had taken a one-point lead (38-37). Five minutes later, after seven misses from the field, the Storm would find itself down, 47-38.
Beginning with a three-point play by WSU's Kayla Bridges at the 7:17-mark, the Warriors went on a game-sealing 11-0 run. A Lake Erie offense that would commit seven of its 29 turnovers in the game's final eight minutes was, in the end, held to a season-low 48 points in the loss.
WSU outshot LEC, 42 percent to 32 percent, and the Warriors controlled the boards to the tune of a 51-33 final advantage. Wayne State outscored the Storm, 32-15, in points off turnovers and 27-6 in second-chance points.
Shareta Brown's 20-and-8 afternoon was backed up Imari Redford (11 points, 14 rebounds), Bridges (11 points, eight rebounds) and Ondrea Hughes (nine points, seven steals).
Brumbaugh's nine-point day was produced on three buckets in four attempts. Chrissy Delaney and Keding Skelton each added seven points. Skelton had a team-high seven boards.
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