PAINESVILLE, Ohio- After a snowy delay to start the day, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team fell behind on a third quarter run by the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. The Wildcats defeated the Storm 68-54 on Saturday (Dec. 10).
Lake Erie jumped out to a 2-0 lead early off of a Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) layup. Northern Michigan took a 7-4 lead with a 7-2 run. A layup by Kallie Allen (Fowlerville, Mich. / Fowlerville) ended a 6-0 run that gave the Storm a 10-7 lead. The Wildcats took a six point lead with 3:10 left due to a 9-0 run. Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) scored the final four points for the Storm as the lead was cut to two after one quarter, 18-16.
The Storm continued the run from the first quarter as they scored the first eight points of the second quarter. Back-to-back threes from Victoria Burdo (Waterville, Ohio / Anthony Wayne) and Gabor pushed the Storm lead to six. With 3:43 left in the half, Northern Michigan tied the game for the sixth time with a 10-4 run. Daija Jones (Cleveland, Ohio / St. Joseph Academy) ended the half with a jumper as the Wildcats led 34-31 at the intermission.
Gabor led the Storm with nine while Dawson added seven in the first half. Lake Erie shot 43% in the first half.
Josie Chaddock (Minerva, Ohio /Minerva) cut the lead to one with a jumper one minute into the half. The Wildcats responded with a 9-0 run, pushing the lead to double-digits. The Wildcats increased the lead to as many as 14 but Ashley West (Willoughby Hills, Ohio / Cornerstone Christian) cut the lead down with a pair of free throws at the end of the third quarter. Northern Michigan led 50-38 after three quarters.
With 5:39 left in the game, the Storm used a 5-0 run with a three pointer from Farrah Benner (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) and a Dawson layup. That run pulled the Storm within 11 but the Wildcats kept their distance over the final five minutes.
Gabor led the Storm with 15 points, four assists and two steals. Dawson added 14 points while Jones scored six points and grabbed six rebounds, a team-high.
Lake Erie shot 50% in the fourth quarter as they finished with a 37% shooting percentage for the game.
The Storm will open a three-game roadtrip with a trip to Michigan this week for matchups with Lake Superior State and Northwood.