PAINESVILLE, Ohio—Former Lake Erie College women's basketball standout Stephanie Rogers has signed a contract to play professionally for the Visby Ladies of the First Division Sweden Pro League in Visby, Sweden.
"I feel very lucky and grateful for this opportunity," said Rogers. "I know that it would never have happened if not for the great experiences I shared at Lake Erie with my teammates and coaches."
Rogers, a 6-3 forward/center, finished her career as one of the most prolific players in Storm history upon her graduation in 2012. She currently holds the Lake Erie career records in rebounds (988) and blocked shots (279) and is second all-time in points (1395), free-throws made (346) and steals (243). She was twice named to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) All-Conference Second-Team and the First-Team All-Defensive Team. Rogers also finished two seasons as one of the top-ten shot blockers in NCAA Division-II. Starting in all 104 career games at Lake Erie, Rogers averaged 13.4 points and 2.68 blocks per game while shooting 49.9% from the floor and 77% from the free-throw line.
"This opportunity for Stephanie is the culmination of her hard work and determination to be successful," said Storm Head Coach Bob Booher. "She joined us as an athlete and left us as a very skilled basketball player."
After graduation, Rogers, a native of nearby Mentor, taught in the district and coached the Mentor JV Team to a 19-1 record. At Mentor, Rogers worked with current Storm freshmen Kayla Gabor and Christine Dawson. Last year, Rogers played basketball as a graduate student-athlete at Durham University in Durham, England.