PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Host Ashland University held the Lake Erie College women's basketball team to under 30 percent shooting for the first time this season and handed the Storm their first loss of the year with a 76-60 win at Kates Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 11).
The Storm (7-1, 2-1 GLIAC) went just eight-of-30 (26.7%) in the first half and trailed by as many as 18 points in having their record season-opening win streak snapped. Lake Erie improved slightly in the second half, but the Eagles (7-1, 3-0 GLIAC) shot over 47% in each half and held the Storm scoreless over the final 5:18 to win going away.
Senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Lake Erie, but was just six-of-19 from the field. Classmate Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) was the only other Storm player in double figures with 13 points.
Forward Kari Daugherty had a monster game for the Eagles, who broke a tie with Lake Erie atop the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division standings with the win. Daugherty, a transfer from the University of Dayton who leads the GLIAC in scoring, posted game highs of 29 points and 16 rebounds. She was nine-of-17 from the field and 10-of-11 from the foul line. She was joined in double figures by front-court mate Ashley Dorner who had18 points and nine boards.
The Storm will look to bounce back on Saturday, Dec. 17, when it travels to GLIAC foe Northwood University in Midland, Mich. at 5:30 p.m. That game will be Lake Erie's final game before the Christmas holiday break.