PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Juniors Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) combined for 38 points but an impressive display from beyond the arc, including a pair of back-breaking three's late in the second half by Marissa DeMott, allowed Hillsdale College to escape with a 66-60 win over the Lake Erie College women's basketball team Thursday night (Feb. 3) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.
Lake Erie (2-16, 1-11 GLIAC) fell behind by double digits early, trailing by as many as 14 midway through the first half and 11 at halftime (39-28), but battled back to briefly take a 49-47 lead on a Caiola lay-up with 9:55 remaining.
The Chargers led by one, 52-51, at the seven-minute mark but the Storm failed on two chances at the offensive end and DeMott responded with a three from the left wing to put Hillsdale (13-6, 7-6 GLIAC) up four.
After an offensive foul on the Storm, DeMott again connected from long range to push the margin to seven at 58-51. A free throw and another basket capped an 8-0 run that put the Chargers ahead by 10 with 3:40 to go.
Lake Erie got no closer than five the rest of the way.
Rogers led all scorers with 20 points, her second straight game in the 20's. She also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked six shots for the Storm (2-16, 1-11 GLIAC).
Caiola scored 18, including a pair of three-pointers. But as a team, the Storm struggled from deep, going just two-of-13 (15.4%). Lake Erie was also unusually off from the foul line, hitting on 16-of-25, 64%. LEC was 21-of-58 (36.2%) overall.
The Chargers shot just 35.6% overall (21-of-59), but were 10-of-23 from three-point range, including seven treys in the first half. Chelsea Harrison led Hillsdale with 19 points, Laura Barczak scored 17, Lea Jones added 12 and DeMott finished with 11 off the bench. Katie Bildner pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to help the Chargers to a 47-36 edge on the boards.
Tonight's game wrapped up a three-game home stand for the Storm, who head to Columbus Saturday (Feb. 5) for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference South Division game with in-state rival and fellow GLIAC newcomer Ohio Dominican University.