Four Score in Double Figures as Storm Ends Slump With 77-65 Win Over Notre Dame

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Four players reached double figures, including a pair with double-doubles, as the Lake Erie College women's basketball team broke out of its two-game slump with a 77-65 home win over Notre Dame College on Monday night (Dec. 21).

Junior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) led the way for the Storm (8-6) with a career-high 22 points and10 rebounds for her third double-double in the last four games. It was her sixth double-double of the season and 19th of her career.

Sophomore Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) also had a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with a career-high six blocks. Sophomore Jen Caiola (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) broke out of her two-game shooting slump with 19 points, hitting five of the team?s six three-pointers.

Lake Erie never trailed in the game, winning the tip and taking a 2-0 lead three seconds into the contest. The Storm, which shot just 30 percent in its last two games combined, hit eight of its first 12 shots and took a 10-point lead, 26-16, at the midway point of the half on a Caiola three.

Caiola's third three of the half put the Storm up 12, 37-25, at the break.

After cooling towards the end of the first half, Lake Erie opened the second red hot, hitting six-of-seven to start the period and extend the lead to as many as 16 at 46-30 with 17 minutes to go.

Notre Dame (6-4) crept within eight points with 10:10 to go on a three-pointer by Kealy McNally. But the Storm responded with a 10-0 run, capped by another bomb from Caiola, to put the game away.

Senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) was the fourth Storm player in double figures with 10 points off the bench. Lake Erie finished the game 30-of-65 (46.2 percent) and held the Falcons to just 31.8% (21-of-66). The Storm finished with a season-high 10 blocked shots.

Wagers, who went over the 600-point mark for her career (she now has 608), tied her career-high with the 22 points. She also scored that many against Frostburg State on Jan. 21, 2008.

Chelsea Andorka was the only Falcon in double digits, scoring 18 off the bench for Notre Dame. Despite the double-doubles by Wagers and Rogers, the Falcons held a slight 43-41 edge in rebounding on the game.

The win by Lake Erie ended a seven-game series losing streak to the Falcons, as the Storm notched its first series win since Feb. 4, 1997. The two teams had not met since the 2002-03 season.

The Storm will take the short trip west on Wednesday, Dec. 23, to face Division I Cleveland State University at the Wolstein Center. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.