PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team looks to end the 2016-17 season on the right foot as they begin the final stretch of games in the GLIAC. The Storm will travel to #1 Ashland on Thursday (Feb. 9) and will host Findlay on Saturday (Feb. 11).
"Ashland deserves their #1 national ranking with their powerful offense and attacking defense," said Storm head coach Bob Booher. "Coach Fralick has done a great job utilizing her personnel and having them ready every game. Findlay is one of the most dangerous three point shooting teams in the region and have multiple players who are effective from long range. We will need to be on top of our game to compete both games!"
Storm Report: The Storm enters the final four games of the season with a 7-15 record overall. In the GLIAC, the Storm is 5-11. Lake Erie needs one more win to tie last season's overall win total. The team dropped two games at home against GLIAC South opponents Tiffin and Walsh.
Opposition Position: Ashland is ranked number one in the nation with a 24-0 overall mark and a 16-0 GLIAC record. The Eagles' leading scorer is Laina Snyder, who averages 18.3 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. Snyder ranks second in scoring the GLIAC, behind Kayla Gabor's (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) 19.5 points per game. Findlay enters the week with an 11-12 overall record and 5-10 GLIAC mark. The Oilers have the reigning GLIAC South Player of the Week, Christa Puthoff, who averages 9.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Series History: The Storm has faced the Eagles and the Oilers once already this season. Last month, the Storm fought Ashland tough in an 86-79 loss. Gabor led the Storm with 25 points. Lake Erie fell to Findlay 84-56 in January on the road. Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst Steele) led the Storm with 14 points.
Storm Forecast: Lake Erie will travel to face Hillsdale next Thursday (Feb. 16).