PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Host Tiffin University put four players in double figures and held a convincing 51-33 rebounding edge to offset a strong individual performance from junior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) in a 69-57 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) victory over the Lake Erie College women's basketball team Saturday afternoon (Jan. 15) at the Gillmor Center in Tiffin.
Rogers, who was rebound short of a double-double at the University of Findlay Thursday night, scored 20 points, going 10-of-13 from the floor, and grabbed 11 rebounds while blocking three shots but it wasn't enough to prevent the Storm (2-11, 1-6 GLIAC) from suffering its eighth straight loss.
Lake Erie scored the game's first four points and had a 6-4 lead three minutes into the game, but Tiffin (10-5, 5-4 GLIAC) went on a 15-4 run to take a nine-point lead at the midway point of the first half. The Dragons pounded the offensive boards, picking up 11 second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds in the first half. That coupled with a continuation of Lake Erie's recent shooting woes – the Storm hit on just 10-of-29 (34.5 percent) in the first 20 minutes- saw the teams head into the locker room with Tiffin up 41-25.
The Dragons held a 30-11 overall rebounding edge in the first half, with Mandy Jaeb pulling down nine caroms in the period to go along with nine points.
A jumper by Rogers with 13:17 to go brought the Storm within single digits for the first time in the second half at 46-37, but the Dragons responded with baskets, including a three by Jennifer Johnston with less than 12 minutes to go reestablish control. The Storm, despite shooting 50% in the second half, got no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
In addition to Rogers, who picked up her fourth double-double of the year, junior preseason All-GLIAC forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored 12 points and had three steals on defense. They were the only two Lake Erie players in double figures.
Karli Mast scored a game-high 21 points to lead Tiffin, which won for the fourth time in six games. Jaeb finished with 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while Jessica Harris and Mary Kate Campbell each chipped in with 10 points.
Four players had six or more rebounds for the Dragons, who also held a considerable advantage at the foul line, going 19-of-28 compared to just 5-of-10 for the Storm. Lake Erie was whistled for twice as many fouls (20 to 10) as the home team and fell to 0-6 all-time against the Dragons, including 0-4 in Tiffin.
The Storm continues its four-game road trip next weekend starting Thursday night, Jan. 20, at Lake Superior State University.