Streaking Storm Seeks Seventh Straight at Seton Hill

GAME 23
Lake Erie College Storm (14-8) at Seton Hill University Griffins (9-5)
When: Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010at 7 p.m.
Where: Salvitti Gymnasium at the Katherine Mabis McKenna Center (1,200 capacity) in Greensburg, Pa.
Radio Broadcast: None
Series History: Seton Hill leads 3-2
Last Meeting (Result): Feb. 5, 1994 (Seton Hill won 70-49 at Lake Erie)

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STORM SEEKS SEVENTH STRAIGHT: The Lake Erie College women's basketball team looks for its seventh straight win on Tuesday night, Jan. 26, at Seton Hill University.  The Storm, which clinched just the third winning season in school history with a 77-66 win over Urbana University on Saturday, has also won two straight on the road.  Seton Hill snapped a four-game losing streak with a 72-63 win over Alderson-Broaddus College on Saturday.  

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: The Storm ran out to a 21-point halftime lead then held off a second-half Urbana comeback for a 77-66 win at home on Saturday.  Lake Erie hit five three's en route to a 39-18 lead at the break.  But Urbana closed within 55-50 with six minutes to go before senior Renese Ames converted a lay-up and free throw and junior Alyssa Wagers put back a miss to push the lead back to double figures.  Wagers led the way with her second straight double-double, scoring a career-high 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.  As a team, Lake Erie outrebounded the bigger Blue Knights 39-24.  Ames added 18 points and sophomore guard Jen Caiola hit for 15, going seven-of-eight from the foul line.  The Storm shot 49% overall, including 54.5% in the second half, and was 20-of-23 from the foul line in the game.   

IN GOOD COMPANY: The 14 wins by the Storm this season are the second most in a single season in school history (16, 2007-08).  It is just the third winning season ever by a Storm team, but second in the last three years. Only six teams in LEC's 30 years have reached double figures in wins, including three in the last four years.  
 
THE TEN SPOT: Senior guard Renese Ames reached double figures in scoring against Urbana for the 10th straight game and 14th time in the last 15 contests.  In her career, Ames has scored at least 10 points in a game 55 times. 

WAGERS A GOOD BET FOR A DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Alyssa Wagers recorded her ninth double-double of the season - and second straight - against Urbana Jan. 23, scoring a career-high 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.  In 64 career games, Wagers has posted double figures in points and rebounds 22 times (34 percent).

SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALL RIGHT: With the 77-66 win over Urbana, Lake Erie improved to 6-0 this season on Saturdays.  Four of the Storm's final five games fall on Saturday.

SO FAR, SO GOOD: Since the calendar flipped to 2010 three weeks ago, the Storm has not lost, posting a 5-0 mark so far in the new year.

WINNING IS HALF THE BATTLE: When the Storm takes a lead into the locker room at halftime, it is a perfect 12-0 this season.  When trailing at intermission, LEC is just 2-8.

GOING STREAKING: During the Storm's current six-game run, Lake Erie is outscoring its opponents on average 72.2-60.2 and is holding opponents to just 36.6% shooting.  LEC is also forcing 18.5 turnovers per game and is outrebounding its foes by 3.5 boards per game.

MAKING A RUN AT RECORD SQUAD: This year's LEC team is making a serious run at the 2007-08 squad that posted the best season in school history with a 16-11 mark.  With five games remaining, the Storm is just two wins shy of reaching that record total. In addition, this year's team is only the second team in school history, other than the ‘07-08 team, to have two winning streaks of at least four games in the same season and to be at least five-games over .500 this late into the year. 

30th SEASON OF STORM HOOPS: This is the 30th season in Lake Erie women's basketball history dating back to the 1978-79 season.  To date, the Storm has posted an overall record of 166-498 (.250).  However, over 32 percent of the program's all-time wins have come in the last five seasons under head coach Bob Booher.

UP NEXT: Lake Erie returns home to host Ohio Dominican University on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. for a "Winter Storm White Out" doubleheader.