PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Hillsdale forward Megan Fogt led a second-half surge by the visitors, as the Chargers downed Lake Erie, 67-56, in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action on Thursday.
Fogt scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and an evenly-played game morphed into a solid win for Hillsdale in the final 10 minutes of play. The game included 11 ties and lead changes, but none in the final 12 minutes of action.
For Lake Erie (9-15, 4-14 GLIAC) the loss marked the team's fourth in a row.
For Hillsdale (11-11, 10-8), Thursday's game exacted a measure of revenge. Lake Erie defeated the Chargers on their home floor last month (62-54 on Jan. 23). Hillsdale is now 6-1 since that loss to the Storm.
The Storm and Chargers evenly split the first 30 points of the game over the first 10 minutes of play. Defense then took over the game, and LEC and HC combined to go 1-of-11 over the next six minutes of play. The back-and-forth exchange of baskets then resumed. Lake Erie edged in front before the half was up and went into halftime with a 29-27 lead.
A plus-5 in the turnover trade was a big key for LEC in the first. Another key was the play of sophomore guard Sami Narducci.
Narducci went 3-for-6 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the line in scoring 11 points. She also garnered seven rebounds and a pair of steals.
In the second half, a near-even trade of buckets continued, but a mini-run lifted Hillsdale to a 41-37 lead by the midpoint of the period. The Chargers extended their lead to seven by the six-minute mark and 10 by the 4:30-mark. In one stretch, Hillsdale came away with points in five straight possessions.
The Chargers also did plenty of damage at the foul line. Lake Erie was whistled for 15 fouls in the second half, leading to Hillsdale going 16-of-21 (76.2 percent) at the line. Megan Fogt was a force to be reckoned with, in getting to the line and in knocking down shots from the floor. Fogt exploded for 20 second-half points, and she was dominant on the glass.
Lake Erie was unable to gain ground on Hillsdale once the Chargers broke out of its see-saw pattern of trading baskets. The Storm were outscored at the free-throw line, 16-7, in the second half, and they were unable to get back in the game.
The Chargers out-rebounded the Storm, 45-32, for the game.
Thursday's contest marked Lake Erie's penultimate home game this season. The Storm will close out their 2013-14 home slate with a 1 p.m. game against Findlay on Saturday. That LEC-UF tilt will mark Senior Day for the Lake Erie program.
Notes: Lake Erie forced 12 turnovers in the first half but only four in the second. Those 16 Hillsdale miscues were turned into only five points at the other end of the floor. LEC went into Thursday's game averaging 21.1 points off turnovers per contest. … The game's end result spelled the Storm losing a halftime lead for just the second times this season. … Lake Erie was outscored, 20-14, at the free-throw line. The Green & White have now been outscored at the line in seven straight games. … Sami Narducci's seven rebounds were a career-high.
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