VIENNA, W. Va. – The Mountain State has been kind to Lake Erie Women's Basketball in the early going this season. On Thursday evening, the Storm ran its 2013-14 record to 3-0 with a 72-54 victory over Ohio Valley, and now all three of LEC's wins have come on the road in West Virginia.
The Green & White had six players score seven or more points. Sophomore center Kaeding Skelton paced the Storm with 16 points on a night that saw LEC shoot a robust 47.6 percent (30-of-63) from the floor. Both Skelton (16 points, 11 rebounds) and freshman guard Daija Jones (11, 12) carded double-doubles on the night.
With Thursday's win, Lake Erie (3-0) has rattled off three consecutive wins away from home for the first time since January, 2010. The Fighting Scots have now lost three straight games this season.
Ohio Valley was dialed in early, hitting eight of its first 13 shots from the floor in opening up an 18-13 lead by the 11:35-mark. But Lake Erie countered with a quick 7-0 run to vault to a 20-18 lead. Both defenses took control of the proceedings over the middle minutes of the first half, but the Storm made a move beginning at the six-minute mark. When Daija Jones knocked down back-to-back before the four-minute mark, LEC found itself in front by seven (29-22).
The Storm and Fighting Scots weaved their way through an exchange of baskets for the balance of the half, and Lake Erie took a 35-27 lead into halftime. Jones had a big first 20 minutes for the Green & White, notching seven points and nine rebounds. After its 8-of-13 start, Ohio Valley went just 2-of-13 the rest of the way in the first half.
A surge early in the second half upped Lake Erie's lead from eight points to 20 (61-41). With a varied attack and an improved performance on the glass, the Storm took control of the game. The host Fighting Scots got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Kaeding Skelton had a big second half in posting her 16-and-11 totals. She went 8-of-10 from the field for the game, and her 16 points are a career-best.
Jones' 11-and-11 night was accompanied by a team-high four steals. Sophomore guard Sami Narducci added 11 points; junior center Jodie Jindra added eight. Sophomore guard Shelby Carpenter had eight rebounds; as a team Lake Erie was a plus-five on the glass, out-rebounding OVU, 43-38.
Ohio Valley shot 35 percent (21-of-60) from the floor for the 40 minutes. The Fighting Scots were led by Kayla Parsely, who logged a double-double with 18 points and 14 boards.
Both teams struggled mightily at the free-throw line, going a combined 15-for-31, in the early-season non-conference tilt.
Lake Erie will continue its season on Saturday when the Storm host the Mercyhurst (Pa.) Lakers. Tip-off at the Osborne Athletic Center is slated for 5 p.m.
Notes: Thursday's game marked the 750th game in the history of LEC women's hoops. Instituted in 1978, women's basketball is the oldest varsity program at Lake Erie College. The Storm owns an all-time record of 196-554 (.261). … Lake Erie is now 7-5 against Mountain State teams since 2008. … The Storm has out-rebounded each of its first three foes. LEC was a plus in rebounding margin just five times last season.