January 2, 2014

A cold kick-off to 2014: shots don't fall in loss at Lake Superior

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Erie shooters struggled to find the bottom of the net as the Storm were defeated by Lake Superior State (Mich.), 49-37, on Thursday.

 

LEC shot a season-worst 20.4 percent (11-of-54) in a game that saw the team miss __ straight shots at one point. The host Lakers (2-9, 2-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) played a solid second half in turning away the Storm (5-6, 0-5). Lake Erie has now lost six consecutive games.

 

For a 10-minute stretch in the game's first half, the Green & White went 0-for-19 from the field. The Storm righted the ship briefly in the second half, but LEC was ultimately held to a season-low 37 points in a game that marked the team's first action in 14 days.

 

Lake Erie is now shooting just 27.9 percent (64-of-229) over its last four games.

 

The temperature outside at game time was sub-zero, and for the two offenses things weren't much warmer inside the Bud Cooper Gymnasium. Lake Erie and Lake Superior State combined to go 3-for-20 from the floor at the outset of the contest. By the midpoint of the first half, only 12 total points had been scored (LEC 6, LSSU 6).

 

Lake Erie endured a dreadful stretch of 10 minutes without a point and was 2-for-its-first-24 from the field.  The host Lakers were also cold from the floor – they shot 17.9 percent (5-of-28) in building a tenuous 17-11 lead by halftime. The Storm shot 14.3 percent (4-of-28), with no player registering more than three points.

 

The Storm shook off their cold half and came out strong in the second half. LEC got within one (19-18) by the 16-minute mark, but a Kandace Crittendon trey at 14:54 sent the Lakers on an 11-2 run. By the nine-minute mark, the home five found itself up by 13 (35-22) with LEC again misfiring on its shots.

 

Lake Superior State would maintain a double-digit lead until a Chrissy Delaney jumper at 1:16 brought Lake Erie within eight (45-37). LSSU maintained its lead with solid rebounding – for the game the Lakers won the battle on the glass, 48 boards to 35.

 

Ultimately, LEC couldn't make headway against the Laker lead because its offense couldn't find a rhythm. Lake Erie shot 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from the field in the second half.

 

The Storm were led by Delaney and Daija Jones who each scored eight points on the night. Kaeding Skelton added six points and six rebounds. A normally productive Lake Erie bench was outscored, 26-12.

 

LEC will play the back half of what is a Michigan road double on Saturday when the Storm take on the Timberwolves of Northwood University (1 p.m.).

 

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