Lake Erie College (3-18, 2-13 GLIAC) fell behind early and it was too much to overcome against Grand Valley State University (18-5, 11-5 GLIAC), in a 74-52 loss at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center in Painesville, Ohio.
The Lakers opened the game on a 16-2 run and while Lake Erie cut the lead to single digits on multiple occasions, GVSU led the entire way.
The game was part of Taking Breast Cancer by Storm Day as part of the GLIAC's Pink Wave initiative.
Lake Erie was led by junior forward Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) with 16 point and six rebounds. Freshman forward Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) also reached double figures for the first time in her career with 10 points. Grand Valley St. had three reach double figures in the scoring department led by Briauna Taylor with 19 points and 10 boards.
After a game-opening layup from Rogers, the Lakers ran off the next 16 points. Six Lake Erie turnovers hurt the Storm during that stretch. Lake Erie cut that lead down to 19-12 at 12:20 after five straight points from Rogers. GVSU's lead extended back to 16 before the Storm cut it to seven again at 35-28 with a layup and three-pointer on back-to-back possessions from Delaney. The Lakers scored six straight points heading into the break as the Green and White were held scoreless in the last 5:19 of the half.
An early 6-0 second half run for the Storm cut the deficit to 43-36 with a Rogers' traditional three-point play at 17:21, but it was as close as they would get. GVSU dominated the next 10 minutes, extending the lead to a game-high 24 points at 66-42 at 7:29.
The Lakers dominated inside with a 48-27 rebounding edge and 38 points in the paint.
Lake Erie is in action next on Thursday (Feb. 17) as it travels to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to take on Northern Michigan University at 8:00 p.m.