(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Lake Erie's perfect start to conference play continued with a 72-64 victory over Ohio Dominican at Alumni Hall on Saturday afternoon. The Storm (6-2, 4-0), who are off to one of their best starts since joining NCAA Division II used a strong second quarter to get ahead of the Panthers (5-4, 2-2) and staved off a late rally by the hosts for the W.
After trailing by five after the first frame, Head Coach Brook Kohlheim's squad went on a 21-7 run to take control of the game and never trailed the rest of the way.
"We couldn't be more proud of this group tonight," Coach Kohlheim said after the game. "Playing at ODU and against their depth was going to be challenging. I loved how our players responded after the first media [timeout] and how hard they played."
That second period started quick with Farrah Benner nailing a 3-pointer. After the Panthers answered with a layup, Brenna Bauer and Elaine Billing added buckets to tie the game. The teams went back-and-forth until another Bauer bucket put Lake Erie up for good.
Down the stretch when ODU was making its comeback attempt, Josie Chaddock served as the closer sinking six free throws in the fourth quarter. She led the Storm with 23 points and was a perfect 11-of-11 from the charity stripe.
Bauer finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Benner joined them in double figures with 14. Sophie Sonneman did so in the rebound category with 10 caroms and rejected three Panther shot attempts.
"Josie's leadership on the floor was outstanding and I thought Sophie gave us some toughness underneath that was really fun to watch," Kohlheim added.
The Panthers were led by Angela Troyer who tied Chaddock for game-high honors with 23 points. Alexa Fisher added 10.
Lake Erie made 43.4 percent from the field and limited the Panthers to a 37.9 percent success rate. Long-range shooting helped Lake Erie more where it hurt ODU as the Storm were 6-of-13 from range for 46.2 percent while the Panthers made just 4-of-21 for 19 percent. Free throws also aided the Storm as they were 20-of-25 compared to 10-of-17 for the Panthers.
The road games will continue for the Storm as they head to Michigan for their next contest at Hillsdale this Thursday. Tip-off with the Chargers is set for 5:30 p.m.