Lake Erie College (3-20, 2-15 GLIAC) ran into a shooting buzz saw at eighth-ranked and GLIAC leading Michigan Tech University (20-2, 15-1 GLIAC), and could do nothing about it in a 89-49 loss at the SDC Center in Houghton, Mich.
The Huskies went 30-of-48 (62.5%) from the field and an incredible 16-of-22 (72.7%) from the three-point line. The Storm went 17-of-58 (29.3%) from the field and just two-of-11 (18.2%).
The Lake Erie roundballers were led by junior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) reached double figures for the 19th time in 23 games with a game-high tying 16 points, improving upon her team-leading 15.0 ppg. entering the afternoon. Rogers was a perfect from the foul line going eight-of-eight
Another bright spot for Lake Erie was the play of freshman guard Chloe Srebernak (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South). Coming off the bench, the Srebernak set a career-high with 10 points, going four-of-five from the field with both Storm three-pointers.
Junior guard Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) was held scoreless in the game. It was the first time Caiola, Lake Erie's all-time leader in three-pointers, was held without a point in 65 games, since Dec. 19, 2008 at IUP.
Lake Erie opened the game with a layup from sophomore guard Taylor Rogers (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) but it would be its only lead of the game. The rest of the half belonged to the Huskies as they proceeded on a 27-6 run over the next 11 minutes. The half closed with a buzzer-beating three-pointer by MTU's Lucy Dernovsek, to take a 44-17 advantage into the half.
The Storm have been a second half team this year, but that notion was quickly snuffed out as the Huskies scored the first five points of the second half. The MTU lead got to a game-high 46 points at 83-37 with 5:29 to play. The Storm played their best stretch of the game late with a 12-2 spurt before Michigan Tech scored the game's final four points.
It was a group effort from Michigan Tech with nine players scoring at least five point. Lake Erie won the battle of turnovers 15-11, but Michigan Tech was extremely efficient in turning the 11 Storm giveaways into 24 points.
The Storm returns to Painesville on Thursday night for the final home game of the season against Tiffin University. Tipoff is schedule for 6:00 p.m. as the game will be both senior night and Storm blackout night, sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.