PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team looks to open its season with a second straight victory tonight as it hosts Salem International University in a nonconference contest. The Storm (1-0) is coming off a record-setting performance in its season opener while the Tigers were defeated on the road at Tiffin University.
LATEST RESULTS: The Storm routed traditional nonconference rival Ursuline College, 97-31, while Salem International fell at Tiffin, 64-30. Both games were this past Saturday.
LIGHTNING QUICK RECAP: The Storm raced out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back, cruising to a school-record 66-point victory. Four players scored in double figures, led by Britt Busson and Taylor Rogers with 13 points apiece.
OPPOSITION POSITION: The Tigers (0-1) lost their opener at Tiffin University Saturday, 64-30, the program's 79th loss in its last 80 games. Salem shot just 22.9% in the game. Jackee Thompson led the Tigers with nine points and six rebounds off the bench. Lester Harbin is in his first season as the Tigers' head coach.
SERIES HISTORY: This is just the second all-time meeting between Lake Erie and Salem International. It's the first since the 1988-89 season when Salem (then Salem College) won at home, 100-61, on Dec. 14, 1988.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie raced out to a 12-0 lead in the opening minutes and was never threatened in a runaway wire-to-wire rout of Ursuline. The 66-point margin of victory was the highest in school history. Four players scored in double figures for LEC, led by Britt Busson and Taylor Rogers with 13 points each. Busson also added four assists and a career-high six steals as the Storm forced 37 turnovers. Sarah Wojciechowski scored 11 off the bench and Jen Caiola had 10 points for Lake Erie. Busson and Wojciechowski each hit three three-pointers.
CHASING 1,000: The Storm has two, and possible, three players who should reach the 1,000-point plateau this season. Senior center Stephanie Rogers is the closest, coming into the game with 983 points, just 17 shy of 1,000. Classmate Jen Caiola is also closing in on the milestone, with 918 points – just 82 away. Graduate senior Alyssa Wagers is at 793 points and needs to average just under nine points per game for the rest of the season to get there.
COACH BOOHER SHOOTING FOR A SOLUTION: Head Coach Bob Booher and the Storm this season in the fight against autism. For each three-pointer made by Lake Erie, Coach Booher will donate $3 on behalf of Team Mighty Mike to Austism Speaks. To join the fight, fans can pick up a donation or pledge form in the Osborne Center lobby or go online to LakeErieStorm.com to learn more.