PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team officially opens the 2011-12 season on Saturday night, Nov. 12, at home against traditional nonconference rival Ursuline College. The Storm and Arrows will tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.
The Storm is looking to improve on last season's disappointing 3-22 (2-17 GLIAC) record and will do so with the return of eight players with extensive starting experience. Among the leading returners are four starters from last year along with all-star forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) who returns to the court after missing all of last season.
Senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), a 2011 All-GLIAC Defensive Team and All-GLIAC South Division Second Team selection, was named to the preseason all-conference team and is the Storm's leading returning scorer, rebounder and shotblocker. She and Wagers will be joined in the Storm's all-senior starting lineup by a guards Brittany Zele (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva), Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) and Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls).
Lake Erie played one game during the exhibition season. Shorthanded due to exams and illness, the Storm trailed at Division I Ohio University by just three points into the second half before the deeper Bobcats pulled away for a 70-52 win on Tuesday night (Nov. 8) at the Convocation Center. Jen Caiola led all scorers with 19 points, including four three-pointers, and Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Urusline posted a 7-24 overall record in 2010-11. The Arrows are competing as an independent this season transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
The Storm, which opens the season by playing six of its first seven games at home, hosts Salem International University on Tuesday night, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m.