JOHNSTOWN, PA. – Senior forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored a season-high 24 points and senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) overcame a slow start to record her second straight double-double as the Lake Erie College women's basketball team improved to 4-0 for the first time in school history with an 86-62 victory at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 23).
Needing 51 points to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career, Caiola nearly cut that total in half as she hit five of the Storm's (4-0) 11 three-pointers and was a perfect five-of-five from the foul line. She had 15 points in the first half to help Lake Erie turn an eight-point deficit (29-21) with five minutes to go into an eight-point lead at halftime, 39-31.
After scoring just two points and pulling down five rebounds in the opening 20 minutes, Rogers came alive in the second half – scoring 10 points and grabbing nine boards to finish with 12 and 14, respectively. The reigning GLIAC South Division Player of the Week led Lake Erie on a 26-11 scoring spurt that allowed the Storm to pull away midway through the second half.
Rogers also blocked four shots and stole the ball three times. In addition to being her second in a row, the double-double was the 16th of her career.
Sophomore Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points while senior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) had nine points to go along with a game and season-high six assists. Senior Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls/Akron) hit three three-pointers and finished with a season-high-tying nine points.
Cianchetti's three-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half capped an 18-2 Storm run.
The Storm held the host Lady Cats (0-4) to just 28.8 percent from the field, the third time in four games Lake Erie has forced a foe to shoot less than 30%.
Freshman guard Kaitlynn Fratz matched Caiola with 24 points, including four three-pointers. Amber Smith added 15 for UPJ.
The win was the second straight by 24 points for Lake Erie, which trailed for the first time this season during the game. Before Fratz's basket 21 seconds into the game, the Storm had been either tied or ahead for the first 120-plus minutes of the season.
Lake Erie is off for the Thanksgiving holiday break until next Tuesday, Nov. 29, when the Storm returns home to host Wheeling Jesuit University at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.