PAINESVILLE, Ohio – A solid performance by a high-flying Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) Cardinal five delivered Lake Erie to its fifth consecutive loss on Wednesday night.
The Storm (5-5, 0-4 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) shot under 32 percent for a third straight game, and the GLIAC's top-scoring offense got a big performance from senior guard Kristen Greene, who scored 27 points. Saginaw Valley (5-2, 3-1) upped its league record to 3-1 with the victory.
For Lake Erie the loss spells the Storm going 0-5 in the month of December. The Green & White will now be off for two weeks; they next play on Jan. 2.
LEC opened the game by going 0-for-5 from the field. Over that stretch Saginaw Valley opened a 7-0 lead. The Cardinal offense was in high gear in the early going, connecting on 10-of-its-first-15 attempts from the floor. SVSU worked its lead to 14 points (24-10) by the midpoint of the half.
LEC would rally. A three-point play by Shelby Carpenter got the Storm within six by the six-minute mark. Carpenter would finish the first half with eight points.
But the visiting Cardinals continued to knock down shots. Saginaw Valley wound up shooting a robust 52 percent (15-of-29) en route to posting a 42-28 halftime lead. Kristen Greene was responsible for nine of the Cardinals' 15 field goals; she poured in 20 first-half points.
Saginaw Valley – the GLIAC's leading offense coming into the game, at 80.5 points per game – kept knocking down shots as the game moved into the second half. By the 14-minute mark, the Cardinals worked their lead up to 20 (56-36).
The Storm's offense struggled over the middle minutes of the second half. LEC didn't record a field goal for four-and-a-half minutes in one particular stretch.
A deep and relentless Cardinal squad kept at it as the game wound down. Five players scored eight or more points for SVSU, and the visitors walked off the court with an 83-55 victory.
Greene finished the game with 27 points on an 11-of-18 shooting performance. She also pulled down seven rebounds.
SVSU outshot LEC, 51 percent to 29 percent. The Storm went 19-of-65 from the field. The Cardinals out-rebounded the home five, 46-34. Katelyn Carriere (11 rebounds) and Chloe Irish (12) were the game's top battlers on the boards. Irish had a season-high seven rebounds on the offensive glass.
Those 12 boards helped propel Irish to a double double – she finished the game with 13 points, going 5-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line.
Shelby Carpenter chipped in with 10 points and three steals. Lake Erie had 16 steals as a team.
The Storm have shot just 30.3 percent (53-of-175) over their last three games. They are now 1-2 this season at home.
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