PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Host Northern Michigan University shot an impressive 63 percentin the opening half, including eight three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes, and cruised to a 107-75 victory over the Lake Erie College women's basketball team at the Berry Events Center Thursday night (Feb. 10) in Marquette, Mich.
Sophomore guard Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) scored a game and career-high 22 points, going seven-of-10 from the floor, including four-of-five from beyond the arc, in a losing effort.
The Wildcats (10-13, 5-14 GLIAC) raced out to a 10-2 lead to open the game and later added runs of 17-0 and 12-0 to build a 57-23 lead late in the first half. The Storm (3-19, 2-14 GLIAC) hit five of its first eight shots, but went cold after that as the home team continued to hit shot after shot.
Northern Michigan hit its first six three-point attempts and finished eight-of-12 from beyond the arc in the first half. After a rough one-of-eight stretch, a late 9-1 spurt by the Storm made the score 58-32 at the break.
The teams played nearly even throughout a high-scoring second half, with NMU holding a 49-43 edge, but was too little too late for Lake Erie. Northern Michigan cooled down to finish at 56.1% for the game (37-of-66) compared to 43.6% (24-of-55) for Lake Erie.
Junior Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Wojciechowski combined to score 17 of the Storm's first 22 points. Rogers finished with 20 points, thanks in large part to a nine-of-11 performance from the foul line. It was her sixth 20-point game of the year.
Classmate Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) was the only other Storm in double figures with 14 points. She hit a pair of three's in the game, raising her career total to 158 and becoming the school's career leader in that category.
Six Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Hillary Bowling's 21, including 18 in the first half. Chelsea Lyons scored 15 in the opening period and finished with 15.
The loss was the third straight for the Storm. Lake Erie will look to end its slide on Saturday, Feb. 19, but will have to do so against perennial national power and eighth-ranked Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.