PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Already off to the best start in school history, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team aims to open the season 4-0 for the first time when it plays its first road game of the season on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 23, at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown. The game will be the final one for the Storm before the Thanksgiving holiday break.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never led by fewer than 13 after the midway point of the first half in a 24-point win over Notre Dame, 96-72, on Sunday night (Nov. 20). Alyssa Wagers led all players with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Stephanie Rogers also had a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards. Those were the 24th and 15th double-doubles of their careers, respectively. Jen Caiola scored in double figures for the third straight game and Allison Pavkov chipped in with a season-high 10 points off the bench. Martha Nagbe had 21 points to lead Notre Dame.
ROGERS EARNS SECOND GLIAC PLAYER OF WEEK AWARD: Stephanie Rogers was named the GLIAC South Division Player of the Week Nov. 21 after her performance in wins over Salem International and Notre Dame. Rogers averaged 19 points and nine rebounds in the Storm's two wins. She scored 17 points, including the 1,000th of her career, and grabbed eight revounds against Salem and then posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards in the win over Notre Dame. It was the second time in her career that Rogers was named Player of the Week. She also won the award last season (Dec. 6, 2010).
BEST START EVER: Prior to this season, the Lake Erie women had never started a season 2-0 let alone 3-0. In fact, the team had won its opening game just six times prior to this year.
OPPOSITION POSITION: The Lady Cats lost four seniors, including an honorable mention All-American and a first-team all-conference performer, from last year's 16-12 squad. UPJ has struggled out of the gate, dropping its first three games, including a 74-62 setback at the University of Charleston (W. Va.). Despite the poor record, freshmen guards Kaitlyn Fratz (13.7 ppg. and 4.3 rpg.) and Kelsey Sleighter (11.3 ppg., 43% three-pointers) are off to strong individual starts for fifth-year head coach and former All-GLIAC and All-American Sasha Palmer (Northern Michigan
UP NEXT: Idle until after Thanksgiving, the Storm returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home against Wheeling Jesuit University.