PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team leads all 294 NCAA Division II squads in success at the free throw line, shooting an impressive 83.3 percent from the line as a team through the first six games of the 2010-11 season. Additionally, junior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) leads the country in field goal percentage, making 66.7% of her shots, according to the season's first NCAA Statistical Rankings released this week.
The Storm has connected on 90-of-108 free throw attempts heading into Saturday's (Dec. 18) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference home contest against Northwood University. The team has been under 84% just once this season at the line and has shot 90% or better in three of the last four games.
Individually, junior forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) is seventh nationally and leads the GLIACin free throw shooting at 93.3% (28-of-30) while Rogers is 33rd nationally at 88.0% (22-of-25). Senior Brittany Zele (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) and junior Liz Stephens (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) are both hitting better than 90% from the line, but do not have enough attempts to qualify for the national rankings.
Rogers not only ranks atop the national field goal leaderboard, she's also high up in the ranks in blocked shots, currently sitting fourth individually with 3.8 per game. As a team, Lake Erie is eighth nationally in that category.
The Storm (2-4, 1-2 GLIAC) looks to snap its two-game losing streak when it plays its final home game of 2010 Saturday against the Timberwolves (2-7, 0-5 GLIAC).