DETROIT, MICH. – Graduate senior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) became the eighth player in program history – including third this season – to reach the 1,000 career point mark but an 13-0 run midway through the second period proved to be too much to overcome as the Lake Erie College women's basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 67-64 road loss at Wayne State University.
After leading by seven at halftime, the Storm (13-5, 7-4 GLIAC) trailed by as many as 12 with less than eight minutes to go. They got within a basket twice in the final two minutes and had the ball with eight seconds left but could not get off a final shot.
Lake Erie held Wayne State (11-9, 6-7 GLIAC) to just 33.3 percent shooting and forced a dozen turnovers in the first half, but it was the Storm that struggled on the offensive end in the second half. Despite 14 points and eight rebounds in the final 20 minutes from senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) , Lake Erie was just 11-of-34 (32.4%) from the field, including two-of-13 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 13 times.
The host Warriors meanwhile, quickly whittled the Lake Erie advantage down to two just 2:17 into the second half and took the lead at 40-39 with 15:25 to go. That was part of the aforementioned 13-0 run that took up nearly six minutes and pushed the Warriors to a 48-39 lead at the midpoint of the half.
It was 56-44 with 7:58 to play before the Storm mounted a comeback bid. Rogers scored 10 of the team's final 20 points and, after being 0-for-nine up to that point from beyond the arc, the Storm hit a pair of three-pointers to make it 65-64 with nine seconds to play.
Lena Thomas, who scored just four points on the day, hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game and Wayne State did not allow the Storm to get off a final shot to notch just its second win in its last six games.
Rogers was six-of-12 from the field and a perfect eight-of-eight from the foul line for her 20 points. Wagers finished with 12 points to run her career total to 1,002. Her 1,000th point came on a free throw with 8:34 to play. She joins Rogers and senior forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) as current Storm players in the 1,000-point club. Wagers went eight-of-11 from the line in the game.
Senior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) chipped in with 10 points and five assists.
LEC finished the game shooting 34.4% (21-of-61), including just six-of-25 (24%) from distance.
Deanna Crumpton led all scorers with a game-high 21 points off the bench and Phaebre Colbert posted a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. After the poor first half, the Warriors responded in the second to shoot 46.9% (15-of-32) and finished at 41% for the game.
Rogers had nine rebounds and three other Storm players had at least six, but the Warriors held a 42-37 edge on the boards. Juanita Cochran and Crumpton each finished with eight rebounds.
Lake Erie closes out its three-game road swing at Hillsdale College on Wednesday, Feb .1.