PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team scored the game's first four points, but after that it was all Tiffin University as the visiting Dragons went on a 26-4 run en route to a convincing 72-48 win to spoil the Storm's home finale at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center in Painesville Thursday night (Feb. 24).
Junior Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored a game-high 19 points, including 15 in the second half, to lead the Storm (3-21, 2-16 GLIAC).
Tiffin (15-10, 9-9 GLIAC) got 18 points from Karli Mast and 14 from Mandy Jaeb to win their second straight and clinch their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament berth.
After a slow start, the Dragons had a 10-8 lead six minutes into the game and then rattled off eight straight points to push the lead into double digits. A lay-up by Brittany Zele (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) made it 18-10 but the Dragons took firm control of the contest after that with a 25-5 blitz to take a 28-point lead into halftime at 43-15.
Despite the strong play from Rogers inside, the Storm never got closer than 22 in the second half and lost for the fifth straight time.
Lake Erie shot just 32 percent in the game, going just six-of-25 (24%) in the first half, including 0-of-eight from three-point range. The Dragons meanwhile connected on 48.5% in the opening period and 43.8% in the game (28-of-64).
Tiffin also outrebounded the Storm 47-38 and forced 22 LEC turnovers.
Rogers also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots. She shared team rebounding honors with senior forward Katelyn Prince (Thompson, Ohio/Ledgemont) who scored five points and had a career-high five assists and two blocks in her final home game.
The Storm closes out the 2010-11 season Saturday, Feb. 26, at Ashland University.