CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team scored the game's first seven points, but a cold streak late in the first half doomed the Storm in an 81-62 loss at Division I Cleveland State University Tuesday night (Dec. 28) at the Wolstein Center.
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After jumping out early, the Storm (2-6) weathered a Viking run midway through the first half and trailed by just seven at 28-21 on the fourth three of the half by junior forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) with 5:18 to go before intermission, but Cleveland State (7-4) closed the period with a 17-2 run for a 45-23 lead.
Caiola scored 16 of her team-high 23 points in the opening half and gathered five rebounds, but the Storm was forced into 19 first-half turnovers and shot just 31.8 percent (seven-of-22) in the frame. Cleveland State meanwhile, hit nearly 50%, going 14-of-30, including five-of-six from beyond the arc.
After exchanging baskets in the early part of the second half, Lake Erie closed within 12 points at 62-50 with seven minutes left on a three by junior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth). It was still 12 at 66-54 with 5:17 to play but the Vikings scored on three straight possessions to push the margin back to 18.
Lake Erie outscored CSU 39-36 in the second half.
Junior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half and joined Caiola in double figures. The pair each grabbed eight rebounds and combined to go 13-of-16 from the free throw line.
Shawnite Garland led all players with 26 points for Cleveland State. Destinee Blue added 13 and a game-high 1 rebounds and Takima Keane chipped in with a dozen points.
The Vikings snapped a three-game losing streak, while extending the Storm's skid to four games.
Overall, the Storm shot just 33.9% (19-of-56), falling below 40% for the third straight game. CSU connected on 44.4% for the night, including seven-of-14 from three-point range. LEC was eight-of-23 from distance.
Lake Erie closes out the 2010 portion of the schedule Thursday and Friday, Dec. 30-31, at the Notre Dame College Holiday Tournament. The Storm plays Shawnee State on Thursday night.