PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team had its most successful season in school history in 2009-10, winning 18 games and becoming the first squad at Lake Erie to earn a regional ranking at the Division II level.
Now several players and head coach Bob Booher have been rewarded for their efforts when the All-Independent teams were announced Thursday (May 27).
Senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) and junior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow) were selected to the All-Indy First Team. Sophomore forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) was named to the second team and sophomore post Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was an honorable mention selection.
Lake Erie head coach Bob Booher was named the All-Indy Coach of the Year, leading the team to an 18-9 record and a spot in the NCAA Midwest regional rankings (No. 10). The Storm closed the season with 10 wins in its last 11 games, including an upset of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference power Grand Valley State Dec. 30.
Ames, the lone senior on the squad, averaged 13.2 points per game and 2.8 assists per game in the backcourt. She joined the Storm's 1,000-point club against Ohio Dominican on Jan. 30 when she poured in a season-high 23 points in a blowout win over the Panthers. Ames scored in double figures in 14 of the last 15 games of the season as the Storm played its best basketball, reeling off nine wins in a row at one point. Ames played in all 27 games.
Wagers nearly averaged a double-double with 13.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game – both of which led the Storm. She scored at least nine points in 24 of 27 games and tallied 10 double-doubles, including a 21-point, 17-rebound performance at West Liberty on Nov. 16. Wagers was incredibly efficient scoring the ball throughout the season, shooting 56 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. Twice she hit 13 free throws in a game.
Caiola was second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.4 points per game and led the team in three-pointers made with 71, establishing a school single-season record. She hit 34 percent from three-point range and knocked down at least four three-pointers eight times during the season. Caiola scored 28 points and hit 6-of-12 three-pointers in a 12-point win over Slippery Rock Dec. 12.
Though Rogers finished fourth on the team in scoring, she made her presence felt on the defensive end of the floor, blocking 70 shots and ranking ninth nationally in blocks per game. She averaged 11.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and was second on the team with 54 steals. Rogers finished with five double-doubles on the season. She also recorded a block in every game of the season with the exception of the first two and had six blocks in a win over Notre Dame (Ohio) Dec. 21.
Lake Erie was also named the top independent team in the poll, ahead of second-place Urbana.
The Storm completed its second and final season as a Division II independent before it joins the GLIAC in the 2010-11 season.
Following is the remainder of the All-Indy selections:
ALL-INDY WOMEN'S SELECTIONS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LILLIAN MCGILL, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: ANDREA VOGEL, URBANA
COACH OF THE YEAR: BOB BOOHER, LAKE ERIE COLLEGE
Lillian McGill, District of Columbia (POTY)
Alyssa Wagers, Lake Erie College
Unique Lane, Urbana
Renese Ames, Lake Erie College
Whitney Smith, North Greenville
Samantha Stahl, Oakland City
Jen Caiola, Lake Erie College
Haley Ducey, Urbana
Karly Stache, North Greenville
Brooklyn Morrow, Central State
Andrea Vogel, Urbana (FOTY)
Ashley Dolberry, Palm Beach Atlantic
Krisceda Cotton, North Greenville
Sarah Roth, Oakland City
Deshundra Gober, Central State
HONORABLE MENTION: Stephanie Rogers, Lake Erie College; Jalyssa Jackson, Urbana; Nicole Cooper, District of Columbia; Kristi McVey, Oakland City; Ashley McGee, Central State; Erin Duffie, Washington Adventist; Selethia Jackson, Palm Beach Atlantic.