PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Another big night from senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) and another dominant defensive effort propelled the Lake Erie College women's basketball team to its fifth straight victory, an 83-54 win over visiting Wheeling Jesuit University on Tuesday night (Nov. 29) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.
Rogers notched her third straight double-double as the Storm moved to 5-0 for the first time in school history. She scored a career-high 29 points and a grabbed season-high 15 rebounds, one shy of her career best. Wagers added 18 points and nine rebounds.
Lake Erie led by just two, 17-15, midway through the first half but then went on a 14-1 run to begin to pull away. Six different players scored during the spurt. The Storm led by 18 at the break, 38-20.
An 11-5 run to start the second half effectively put the game away. Wheeling Jesuit (1-3) never got closer than 18 during the final 20 minutes.
In addition to Rogers and Wagers, Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) chipped in with 10 points, her fifth straight game in double figures.
As a team, the Storm shot 42.9% from the floor, despite an off night from outside (just 3-of-18 from three-point range). Lake Erie held the Cardinals to 35.2% (19-of-54) and forced 23 turnovers.
Rogers also had four blocks and was one of three players with three of more steals. She went nine-of-11 from the foul line. As a team, LEC was 20-of-28 from the charity stripe, compared to just 12-of-24 for Wheeling Jesuit.
Emily Robinson led the Cardinals, who lost their third straight, with 16 points. Lucy DeFruscio had 13. Cassy Sanderson, who came into the game averaging 21 points per game, was held to just six points on two-of-10 shooting.
The Storm puts its perfect record on the line Thursday night, Dec. 1, when it opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play at home against Wayne State University. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the Storm men's team.