ASHLAND, Ohio – A high-flying Ashland Eagles squad turned away Lake Erie in the Storm's final game of the season on Thursday. The Eagles shot 54.8 percent (34-of-62) from the floor and went 15-of-25 (60 percent) from 3-point range en route to a 95-48 victory.
Ashland guard Taylor Woods nailed seven treys and paced the Eagles with a game-high 26 points. With the victory, Ashland – the 2014 NCAA-II national champion -- closes out its regular season on an eight-game win streak.
Forward Chloe Irish had 12 points, five rebounds and three steals, but Lake Erie (10-18, 5-17 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) was undone by a high-octane Eagle squad that has now topped 80 points in 6-of-its-last-8 games. The Eagles (18-8, 16-6) outscored the Storm, 53-22, in the first half and 42-26 in the second. With the win on its home hardwood, Ashland swept the season series with Lake Erie, two games to none.
With the loss, LEC closes out its 2013-14 season with 10 wins, a significant jump from the four the team produced a year ago.
Ashland opened the game with an 11-1 run, but Lake Erie countered with an 11-3 spurt of its own. But the Eagles then regained momentum and built a 31-18 lead by the 8:44-mark.
The LEC offense went cold, scoring only four points over the final eight minutes-and- 44 seconds of the half. AU built its lead to 20 by the three-minute mark and, with a pair of final-minute, treys, upped its lead to 31 (53-22) by halftime.
On field goals, Ashland outshot Lake Erie, 55 percent to 28 percent in the first. On threes, the Eagles outshot the Green & White, 57 percent to nine percent. The first half also saw the home five out-rebound the Storm, 28-12. Taylor Woods hit six of her 3-pointers in the first; she finished the period with 23 points.
The second half turned into more of the same, resulting in a final 47-point margin of defeat, Lake Erie's largest since Jan. 7, 2009.
Woods was one of seven Ashland players to score seven points or more. AU had five players garner seven or more rebounds as part of an overall 53-25 Ashland advantage on the boards.
Chloe Irish went 5-of-12 en route to scoring her 12 points. Sophomore guard Sami Narducci added nine points and a pair of steals. The GLIAC's No. 2 team in steals had 12 thefts overall.
LEC shot 31.1 percent (19-of-61) from the field, 14.3 percent (3-of-21) from beyond the arc and 50 percent (7-of-14) from the free-throw line.
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