Storm Falls to #5 Wayne State

Photo by Baker Media Productions
Photo by Baker Media Productions

PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College women's basketball team was unable to overcome fifth-ranked Wayne State University as they fell to the Warriors 69-50 Thursday (Jan. 22) in Painesville.

The Warriors jumped out to a 10-4 lead early on.  The Storm went on a small 4-2 run to cut the lead to four at the first media timeout.  Following the timeout, the Warriors increased their lead to 18-10.  The Storm defense buckled down and created turnovers as they limited the Warriors offense, cutting the lead to six, 20-14, at the 10 minute mark.  The Warriors then went on an 8-3 run over the next five minutes to push back ahead, 28-17.  In the final minutes of the half, Wayne State outscored the Storm 10-0 to take a 38-17 lead into the locker room.

Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) led the Storm with four points in the opening half.  Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio/Amherst Steele) added three.  The Storm forced 16 turnovers in the opening half. 

Trailing 42-19, Gabor and Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead back to 17.  Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) then converted a pair of free-throws to bring the score to 42-27 five minutes into the second half.  However, the Warriors outscored the Storm 14-9 over the ensuing five minutes to increase their lead to 20 with 10 minutes to play.  The Storm put together an 8-3 run to cut the lead to 15 and bring about a timeout from the Warriors with seven minutes to play.  Following the timeout, the teams traded baskets, with the Storm trimming the lead to 13, 61-48, with three-and-a-half minutes to play. However, the Warriors finished the game on an 8-2 run to seal the win.

Senior Chloe Irish (LaGrange, Ohio/ Keystone) led the way with 10 points, eight rebounds, and three steals for the Storm.  Gabor added nine points and two rebounds.   Dawson had eight points and seven rebounds for Lake Erie. Murray ended the game with eight points while Shagovac had five.  Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) and Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) had four points apiece. 

The Storm forced 29 turnovers and had 13 steals.  25 of the Storm's points came off the bench. 

The women are back in action Saturday (Jan. 24) hosting the University of Findlay in a GLIAC contest.

-LEC-