LAKE ERIE (10-17, 5-16) vs. ASHLAND (17-8, 15-6) -- Thursday, Feb. 27 (5:30 PM)
Ashland, Ohio (Kates Gymnasium) | Live stats/audio: GoAshlandEagles.com
ASHLAND TRIP MARKS LAST LOOK FOR IMPROVED LEC SQUAD: Lake Erie will close out its 2013-14 season with a road test at Ashland on Thursday evening. With 10 wins, the Storm has already more-than-doubled its victory output from a year ago when the team went 4-22. But an injury-riddled final fortnight has seen the Green & White lose six of its last seven games. LEC has vaulted to 10 wins this season mostly on the strength of a fine 6-8 road record. One of those half-dozen road wins came last Thursday at Tiffin when the Storm garnered a 72-69 victory. Lake Erie went 1-1 over its two games at Tiffin and Ohio Dominican on Feb. 20 and Feb. 22. Another Central Ohio foe -- the defending NCAA-II national champion Ashland Eagles -- now stands between the Storm and the finish line of the season. And the current edition of Eagle women's hoops is on a roll. Ashland has won seven straight games, and the Eagles head into Thursday's contest as the first-place five in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division.
STORM SURGE: Several LEC players have posted single-game career-best point totals over Lake Erie's last few games. Those bests include F CHRISSY DELANEY (22P on Feb. 15), G DAIJA JONES (13P on Feb. 20), G SAMI NARDUCCI (13P on Feb. 20), G BRIANNA SHAGOVAC (13P on Feb. 22), G JACKIE MURRAY (25P on Feb. 6), F KARLEIGH WEICHLER (8P on Feb. 22), and F KAEDING SKELTON (18P on Feb. 1).
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: The 2013 NCAA-II national-champion Eagles -- a team that went 37-1 a year ago -- slogged their way through a mostly-.500 stretch in the middle of the season. But AU has now won seven straight and over that streak the Eagles have scored over 80 points five times. For the season Ashland ranks 14th in the GLIAC in scoring at 63.9 PPG, but after a program-record-tying 108 points at Tiffin last week (Feb. 22), the Eagles are averaging a red-hot 78.8 PPG since Jan. 25. ... Ashland ranks third in the league in scoring defense (65.1 PPG) and second in the circuit in field-goal defense (38.2 percent). ... Freshman F SUZY WOLLENHAUPT ranks second in the GLIAC with her 2.4 blocks per game. Wollenhaupt ranks fifth in the conference in scoring, at 16.4 PPG.
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