Storm Women's Basketball Releases 2008-09 Schedule

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (October 3, 2008) - The move to NCAA Division II will be a definite jump for Lake Erie College this season, and with the release of the 2008-09 Storm women’s basketball schedule, that jump will be monumental. The team not only plays the defending national champions, but two other top 25 ranked Division II teams and three others who had less than 10 losses last season. Not to mention, 19 of the team’s 27 regular season games are on the road 

“It’s going to be a definite challenge,” said fourth-year head coach Bob Booher. “We are very young and are playing veteran competition. We will definitely know where we stand within Division II and will have a good idea of where we need to go to measure up against the nation’s top teams in the future.”


The Storm kicks off its Division II provisional season with an exhibition on Nov. 9 against Cleveland State University, who was an NCAA Division I Tournament Qualifier last year. The road game marks the first time in program history Lake Erie will ever take the court against a member of NCAA Division I.


After the exhibition, the Storm is off to participate in the Wheeling Jesuit Tip-Off Classic, which is one of three regular-season tournament appearances in 2008-09 for the team. Lake Erie’s opening tourney game is against the host, followed by West Liberty State who went 23-5 last year.


The team will play its first of eight home games on Nov. 22 against Malone, but won’t return to Athletic Center Arena in Painesville until Dec. 15 against Glenville State. Lake Erie’s second tournament will be at Ashland on Nov. 29-30, with its third tournament trip to the Fairmont State Classic on Jan. 2-3. In that tournament, the Storm will match up against the host who went 25-7 in 2007-08 and then against Concord (20-9).


Another notable opponent on the schedule is California (Pa.) who finished No. 8 in DII last season with a record of 27-7. The Storm will play them on the road on Jan. 7.


One of the biggest games of the season is on Feb. 10 when the Storm travels to Northern Kentucky (28-8) to take on the 2007-08 Division II National Champions.


“We’re not going to shy away from anyone this season,” said Booher. “We want to build a championship program and what better way to approach that than to play the best team in the nation.”


Lake Erie is also planning a first-time trip to Florida this season for the National Independents Tournament at Flagler March 5-9. The team is eligible to participate in this championship event along with other teams not affiliated with any conference. Due to Lake Erie’s provisional status this season, making them ineligible for the NCAA Tournament, Booher feels this will be a nice cap to the season.

2008-09 Women's Basketball Schedule