PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A second-half cold spell proved to be the difference as the Lake Erie College women's basketball team struggled out of the locker room following half time and couldn't recover in a 66-51 home loss to nonconference rival Notre Dame College (Ohio) on Senior Night Wednesday (Feb. 23).
Both teams started slowly, with the Falcons (13-12) missing their first 10 shots and Lake Erie opening the game 1-of-11 from the field. The Storm (4-21) led 19-17 with 4:27 to play in the first half before Notre Dame went on a 9-0 lead to push ahead. Two buckets by freshman Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton), including one at the buzzer, cut the LEC deficit to 26-23 at halftime.
A basket by freshman Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) early in the second half made it 26-25. The Falcons went on a 18-1 run over the next five-and-a-half minutes to take command. During that stretch Lake Erie went 0-for-11 and committed five turnovers. The Storm went over nine minutes between baskets before senior Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) connected on a three-pointer midway through the half. By that time, Notre Dame had built a 20-point lead.
After being held scoreless in eight first-half minutes, Wojciechowski caught the hot hand in the second. She scored 14 points in a six-minute span, including a pair of three-pointers, and got the Storm within 12 points with two minutes to play.
But that was as close as Lake Erie could get as the hole they dug themselves early in the second half proved to be too big to dig out of.
Wojciechowski's season-high 14 points led the Storm, which lost its second straight. Junior Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy) matched her career highs with 12 points and nine rebounds, just missing out on her first career double-double. They were the only players in double figures for Lake Erie, which shot just 23.4% (15-og-64) for the game, including three-of-14 from distance.
The Falcons, who won for the 11th time in 12 games, had four players score in double figures led by Lauren Macer with 17. She was just three-of-13 from the field but hit all 10 of her free throw attempts. Erin Entinghe had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Katie Stumphauzer added 12 points and eight points off the bench. Danielle Ledrich chipped in with 11 points.
After hitting 28% in the first half, Notre Dame shot 45.5% in the second to finish 22-of-58 (37.9%) overall. The Falcons also went 19-of-25 at the foul line.
The Storm closes out the season Saturday afternoon, March 2, with a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division contest against second-ranked Ashland University.