PAINESVILLE, Ohio - The Lake Erie women's basketball team
reached several milestones in Saturday's (Jan. 30) 84-53 home win
over Ohio Dominican.
Senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) scored her 1,000th career point on a layup with 15:46 left in the first half, becoming just the fifth player in school history with that distinction. She had eight points in the first 4:14 of the game and finished with 19 points and nine rebounds - one shy of her second career double-double. It was also the 12th straight time Ames has notched double-digit points.
It was Lake Erie's eighth straight win, which matches a school record set in 2007-08. The win was also the Storm's 16th this season, which also matches a school record set in the same season.
Lake Erie (16-8) had four different players reach double figures, led by freshman guard Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo), who tallied a career-high 21 points in just 20 minutes off the bench.
The Panthers (12-9) entered the game on a six-game winning streak, but the Storm quickly squashed their plans of extending it to seven. Lake Erie led 16-2 after Ames' 1000th-point layup and never looked back, winning every hustle category and forcing 14 turnovers.
The Storm turned the ball over just five times in the game, which established a new school record, breaking the previous mark of eight set twice earlier this season. Lake Erie built a 47-21 lead at halftime, using a strong defensive effort to force the Panthers into bad shots. Ohio Dominican shot just 33 percent (17-for-51) in the game, including a 3-for-18 mark from three-point range.
The Storm eventually built the lead to 37 (72-35) midway through the second half and finished with the 31-point difference.
Sophomore post Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) put together her fifth double-double and the ninth of her career with 18 points and 10 rebounds. She had just three rebounds in the first half, but pulled down six boards in the first four minutes of the second half. Rogers added four steals and two blocks. She entered the week ranked ninth in the country in blocks per game (2.7).
The Storm will return to the floor next Saturday (Feb. 6) when it hosts Central State in the first game of a women's-men's doubleheader, which starts at 1 p.m. Lake Erie College will be
"Taking Breast Cancer by Storm" as the teams will wear pink shooting shirts and pink accessories to support breast cancer awareness. Admission to the games is free, and fans are also encouraged to wear pink. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate to the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund.