PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Host Lake Superior State University opened up each half in explosive fashion and after withstanding a run by juniors Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) in the first half went on to a convincing 84-56 victory over the Lake Erie College women's basketball team Thursday night (Jan. 20) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
The Lakers (11-4, 8-1 GLIAC) scored the game's first six points and opened up a 12-2 lead three minutes into the game. Leading by 18 at halftime, Lake Superior State started the second half with a 15-2 run that removed any chance of a Lake Erie (2-12, 1-7 GLIAC) comeback.
Caiola and Rogers combined for 12 points during a two-and-a-half-minute stretch that saw the Storm tie the game at 14-14 six minutes into the contest. But a few minutes later, the home team went on a 16-2 run to take control.
Lake Erie, which dropped its 10th straight overall and seventh straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest, never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way, and went the final three minutes of the first half without a point. The Storm went five scoreless minutes early in the second half as the lead grew to as many as 37.
Rogers (18) and Caiola (12) combined for 30 of the Storm's 56 points. The duo together went 12-of-20 from the field. However, the rest of the team was just nine-of44 and the Storm finished at 35.9% as a team.
Behind four players in double figures, the Lakers shot 41 from the field, including 11 three-pointers. The league's top free throw shooting team went 25-of-31 from the line, compared to just five-of-13 for the Storm. Nicole Marshall led all scorers with 21 points. Maria Blazejewski and Cassy Schemberger each had double-doubles, with Blazejewski getting 15 points and 12 rebounds and Schemberger chipping in with 10 and 11. Ronlea Peterson had 13 points.
Lake Superior State held a 47-8 rebounding edge and forced 17 turnovers while committing just 12.
The Storm looks to snap its losing streak Saturday, Jan. 22, as it concludes its four-game road trip at Saginaw Valley State University.