Caiola's Three Tames Lions in Storm Victory

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (January 3, 2009) - Lake Erie College freshman Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) may have had an off day shooting, but when the shot mattered most, she couldn't have been more on, hitting nothing but the bottom of the net on a 3-pointer with 29 seconds remaining to give the Storm the edge that would lead to a 69-63 win against Concord University in the Fairmont State University Classic.

With the score tied at 63 with 1:10 left to play, the Storm's Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) blocked the Mountain Lions go-ahead attempt, but the rebound was picked up by Concord. An errant pass out of bounds gave the ball back to Lake Erie who went the length of the court and set up its offense. Freshman Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) found Caiola on the wing, who let a deep three fly. Caiola, who had gone 0-for-4 from the field in the previous 39 minutes, swished the shot with 29 seconds left on the clock.

Concord missed a trey on the opposite end and then fouled sophomore Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) on the rebound. With eight seconds to go and in the double bonus, the guard calmly approached the line and netted both freebies to put Lake Erie up by five. The Lions pushed the ball up the court and got off an awkward three-point attempt that was blocked by sophomore Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow). She grabbed the swatted shot and was fouled with three ticks still on the clock. Wagers made the first of the double bonus chances, but all Concord could do was grab the rebound and listen to the horn sound.

Lake Erie trailed by as many as nine in the second half, but made up the difference in large part to floor general Ames. She scored 17 of her game-high 23 points, going 6-for-12 from the floor with two 3-pointers. She  pulled down all six of her rebounds in the second half. Wagers also picked up the intensity in the second period, recording nine of her team-leading 11 rebounds and scoring eight of her 10 points, while tallying three steals. Rogers finished the game with 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

Lake Erie forced Concord into 29 turnovers, tying the high mark for the season.

Lake Erie (4-11) hosts Wheeling Jesuit University on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The teams met up in West Virginia for the first game of the season, with WJU winning the contest, 61-57.