PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College women's basketball team was unable to overcome Ashland University in their season finale Thursday (Feb. 26), falling 75-38 to the Eagles in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action.
In a fast paced opening five minutes, the Eagles accumulated a 14-4 advantage. Morgan Berry (Toledo, Ohio/Napoleon/Dayton) got the Storm back on board with a three-pointer but the Eagles lead grew to 23-7 at the 10 minute mark. After the third media timeout, the Eagles went on a 7-2 run, leading to a Storm timeout. In the final minutes of the half, the Eagles outscored the Storm 6-5 to take a 36-14 lead into the half.
Berry led the Storm with five points in the opening half. Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) had four. Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) had three while Chloe Irish (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) had two.
The Eagle advantage increased to 26 early in the second half. After a media timeout, the Storm scored the next three points. However the Eagles went on a 10-0 run to take a 56-23 lead at the 10 minute mark. The Storm went on a 4-0 run after the media timeout but once again, the Eagles responded with a big run of their own, taking a 32 point lead into the final four minutes of play. The Eagles increased their lead to 37 late in the game to secure the win.
Murray led the Storm with 11 points and three assists. Irish had eight points and three rebounds. Berry ended the game with five points while Skelton had four. Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had four points in addition to team-highs in rebounds (seven) and blocks (three). Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton), Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Kallie Allen (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville) had two points apiece. Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio/Amherst Steele) and Carlye Garst (Salem, Va./Salem) combined for five rebounds.
The Storm defense forced 19 turnovers. From the free-throw line, the Storm converted 16-of-18 (88.9%) of their chances.