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Storm Buries Ursuline With Three-Point Barrage and Big Second-Half Run in Opener

Britt Busson
Britt Busson

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  The Lake Erie College women's basketball team tied a school-record by hitting 14 three-pointers in a 90-67 opening night victory over visiting Ursuline College Monday (Nov. 15) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

Five players scored in double figures, led by junior Stephanie Rogers' (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) 10th career double-double. Junior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) hit a career-high five three-pointers and led all scorers with 17 points.  Rogers scored 16 points to go with her game-high 12 rebounds.

The win was the seventh straight win at home for the Storm (1-0), which also won its season opener for the first time since the 1999-00 season.  Lake Erie was opening the season at the Osborne Center for the first time since 2006-07.

Busson scored the game's first five points as the Storm raced out to a 7-0 lead 2:16 into the game.  Her third three-pointer of the opening period gave Lake Erie a nine-point lead at 16-7 five minutes in.

The lead grew to as many as 10 on several occasions as the two teams kept the pace fast by firing away from the outside.   A late Ursuline (1-4) run cut the margin to four at 46-42, but the Storm answered with four straight free throws to extend the cushion. Lake Erie hit nine-of-17 from behind the arc in the half and led by eight at the break, 52-44.

Busson hit a fourth three, tying her career high, to open the scoring in the second half.  Lake Erie started the period with an 20-3 run that extended the lead to 25 points, at 72-47, midway through the period. In the second half, the Storm outscored  the Arrows 38-23.

Sophomore guard Sarah Wojchiechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) scored 13 points, sophomore guard Taylor Rogers (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) had 12 and senior forward Katelyn Prince (Thompson, Ohio/Ledgemont) added 10 in Lake Erie's balanced attack that saw 10 players get in the scorebook. Prince also grabbed eight rebounds.

The Storm went 14-of-33 (42 percent) from beyond the arc as a team, tying the single-game record set against the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg on Dec. 1, 2007. Lake Erie was 29-of-71 (41%) overall as a team, including 53% in the first half.

Nicole Pribich scored 16 points to lead Ursuline, which dropped its third straight. The Arrows shot just 17.5% in the second half (seven-of-40). Three other Ursuline players reached double figures: Alex Leister with 13, Laura Campbell had 12 while Krysti Tietze chipped in with 10.

The Storm returns to the court on Friday, Nov. 19, when it travels to Louisville, Ky. for the United Electric/Metro Medical Tip-Off at Bellarmine University. Lake Erie plays host Bellarmine at 7:30 p.m.