STORM (5-4) vs. CARDINALS (4-2)
Wednesday, Dec. 18 (6 p.m.) -- Painesville, Ohio (Osborne Athletic Center)
Live Audio/Stats: LakeErieStorm.com
THE GAME: Lake Erie draws Saginaw Valley State for its final game of the 2013 calendar year. The Storm and Cardinals are slated to do battle in the front end of a women's-men's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference twin bill that will send the Green & White into a two-week break. For the Storm, Wednesday's game is an opportunity to end 2013 on a positive note -- LEC heads into the 6 p.m. tilt off four straight losses. Lake Erie hasn't won since defeating Mansfield (Pa.) on Nov. 26. ... Three of LEC's losses have come in GLIAC play which got underway on Dec. 5. The most recent of those missteps came on Saturday when the Green & White lost to Wayne State (Mich.), 68-48. In that game LEC and WSU battled their way to 13 ties and lead changes in the first half, but the Storm scuffled in the second, shooting just 17.9 percent (5-of-28) from the floor. Lake Erie's 48-point total marked the team's lowest single-game mark this season.
THE SERIES: LEC and SVSU have met three times, and the Cardinals have won two of those contests. The Cardinals won last year's meeting, going 27-of-31 from the free-throw line in a 67-58 win in University Center, Mich. Two years ago in Painesville, Lake Erie won a low-scoring affair, defeating SVSU, 44-36.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS: Saginaw Valley State heads into Wednesday's game off an 84-78 loss at Ashland on Monday. The Cardinals had won four straight before the loss. Over those four straight victories, SVSU averaged 82.5 points per game. SVSU heads into Wednesday's game averaging a league-best 81.0 PPG. ... The Cardinals are 0-2 on the road this season and just 2-8 over their last 10 road games dating back to last season. ... G KATELYN CARRIERE scored 24P on Monday and has notched 47P over the Cardinals' last two games. Carriere is shooting 50 percent (8-of-16) from 3-point range and 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the foul line. SVSU's leading scorer is G KRISTEN GREENE, who has tallied 16.7 PPG. ... The Cardinals lead the GLIAC in points per game, 3-point accuracy (40 percent), assists (17.4 per game) and scoring margin (plus-15.6).
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