Lake Erie student-athletes Chloe Irish and Anthony Elias are two of the nearly 300 student-athletes nationwide selected to attend the annual event in Indianapolis that focuses on career development in athletics.
After withstanding an early knockout attempt by second-ranked Ashland, Lake Erie found itself down just 11 four minutes into the second half before a 14-0 run by the visitors put the game away. Ashland went on to win its 28th game, 80-54, ending the Storm's season on Saturday afternoon.
The Lake Erie women will look to end the season on a high note with an upset of the defending national runner-ups and this year's regular season conference champions when they host Ashland this weekend.
The Storm tips off the final week of the season with a mid-week nonconference game against traditional rival Notre Dame at the Osborne Center Wednesday. Prior to the game, Lake Erie will recognize its senior players - Sarah Wojciechowski and Kiarra Jones.
Sarah Wojciechowski scored a team-high 14 points off the bench but a ten minute stretch early in the second half saw the Storm outscored 18-1 and lift the Falcons to the nonconference win Wednesday night.
Chloe Irish scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds - both career highs - for her first career double-double, but visiting Ohio Dominican closed out the game with a 10-2 run to pull out a 68-58 victory Saturday afternoon.
The Lake Erie women rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to take a second-half lead but the Cavaliers were able to finish off the road win Saturday night in Painesville, despite a career-high 12 points from Chrissy Delaney and 24 steals by the Storm defense.
After playing much of the month of January on the road, the Lake Erie women hit the home hardwood for the first time in nearly three weeks Thursday night when they host Malone University. The Storm will then host the other GLIAC newcomer, Walsh University, as part of Social Media Saturday Feb. 9.
The visiting Pioneers raced out to a double-digit lead early in the first half and then put the game away with some hot shooting in the second half as they defeated the Lake Erie women 78-51 at the Osborne Center Thursday night.
The Storm women close out January like they have spent much of the month - on the road Thursday night at Saginaw Valley State. Lake Erie will then open February with a weekend matchup with the number one team in the country.
Behind a career-high 16 points from Chloe Irish - all in the second half - Lake Erie rallied from down 13 to take a six-point lead with a minute to play. But host Ohio Dominican scored the game's final seven points in the last 53 seconds to shock the Storm.
Lake Erie went scoreless for a nearly eight-minute stretch that turned a two-point lead into a 10-point deficit as the Storm fell at home to visiting Hillsdale Thursday night. Jackie Murray led LEC with 10 points in the loss.
Lake Erie plays its only two home games in January this weekend, starting Thursday night against Hillsdale. The Storm snapped their eight-game losing streak Saturday at Malone and look for their third straight win in the series against the Chargers.
Ashar Harris had her eighth double-double of the season, leading all players with 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Lake Erie snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 12-point win at Walsh. Chloe Irish matched her career high with nine points and Jackie Murray added eight for the Storm against the Cavaliers.
After a full round of cross-over play against the North, Lake Erie tips-off interdivisional competition this week starting Thursday night (Jan. 10) at Malone. The Storm then plays at Walsh University on Saturday afternoon.
Ashar Harris scored a game-high 25 points and Kaeding Skelton netted a career-high 17 points as Lake Erie rallied from a 20-point deficit to cut the deficit to three before host Northern Michigan hit four free throws in the final 24 seconds to pull out the victory.
Lake Erie will tip-off the new year this weekend on the Upper Peninsula with a pair of GLIAC road games at Michigan Tech (Thursday Jan. 3) and Northern Michigan (Sunday Jan. 5). The Storm are looking to snap a five-game losing streak and earn their first league win.