PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A pair of double-doubles by its veteran frontcourt led the Lake Erie College women's basketball team to a 96-72 win over traditional nonconference rival Notre Dame College Sunday night (Nov. 20) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center. The win moved the Storm to 3-0 to start the season for the first time in program history.
Graduate senior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) led all players with 23 points and 11 rebounds and senior Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had 21 and 10 to power the Storm. Senior wing Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) scored a season-high 17 points and Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) added 10 off the bench.
The Storm hasn't trailed yet this season and opened the game with a 10-0 run. The Falcons (0-4) never got closer than eight points the entire contest, though the Lake Erie lead never got higher than 16 until the closing seconds of the first half.
A 7-1 run to open the second half pushed the lead over 20 for the first time. The closest the game got was 13 points at 70-57 with 8:44 to play but a three-point play by Rogers stunted the Notre Dame momentum and put the Storm back in control.
Lake Erie shot 45.6 percent in the game, going 31-of-68 from the field. The Storm took advantage from the foul line as well, hitting on 29-of-36 free throws.
While Notre Dame became the first team to score more than 39 points or hit better than 40% (26-of-62, 41.9%) against the Storm, the Falcons got off to a slow start and were never able to really get into the game. Notre Dame committed 25 turnovers which led to 26 LEC points.
Martha Nagbe scored a career-high 21 points and added five assists off the bench to lead Notre Dame. Lauren Macer added 14 and Danielle Ledrich scored 11 points for the Falcons.
Behind Wagers and Rogers, who recorded the 35th and 16th double-doubles of their careers, respectively, the Storm held a 45-39 advantage on the boards.
Wagers, who missed all of the 2010-11 season after suffering a preseason knee injury, had scored a total of 14 points in Lake Erie's first two games. She went 11-of-13 from the foul line to become Lake Erie's career leader in made free throws (303). Wagers also surpassed the 700-rebound mark for her career (704).
Rogers, who scored her 1,000th career point in Tuesday night's win over Salem International University, moved within nine points of fifth place on the school's all-time scoring chart.
Caiola moved within 51 points of the 1,000-point mark with her 17-point game. She hit a pair of three-pointers, extending her school record total to 164.
The Storm will take its perfect record on the road for the first time this season on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 23, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The game will tip the day before Thanksgiving at 1 p.m.