PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- After playing its last five games on the road, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team returns to the Osborne Center this weekend to open a four-game homestand. The Storm (10-2, 4-1 GLIAC) will host the University of Findlay (9-5, 3-4 GLIAC) on Thursday night, Jan. 12, and then play Tiffin University (11-3, 6-2) on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14.
CLOSING IN ON 200: Now in his 13th season of college coaching, Bob Booher is nearing the 200-win mark for his career. He has compiled a 199-149 record at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College and needs just one win to reach the 200 plateau.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Cate Cianchetti scored a career-high 27 points, hitting five three-pointers in the process, and led four Storm players in double figures in a 17-point win at Ohio Dominican Saturday, 69-52. Lake Erie opened the game with a 13-0 run and put it away early in the second half with a 24-8 spurt. Alyssa Wagers and Stephanie Rogers each scored 12 points and Jen Caiola chipped in with 11 to lead the Storm to its second straight win.
THE TEN SPOT: Saturday's win at Ohio Dominican allowed the Storm to reach the 10-victories mark in a season for just the seventh time in school history. However, it is the fourth time in seven seasons under Bob Booher LEC was reached double figures.
OPPOSITION POSITION: After winning four straight at the end of December to move to 9-3 on the year, Findlay lost both games last weekend, including a 75-72 overtime loss at home to Wayne State University on Saturday. Wing Kayla Brown, the GLIAC South Player of the Week two weeks ago, leads the team in scoring (13.4 ppg.) and rebounding (5.4 rpg.). She is joined in double figures by guard Clare Aubrey at 12.9 points per contest. Tiffin takes a four-game winning streak into its game at Ashland University Thursday night. Two-time all-league selection and leading scorer Many Jaeb was named GLIAC South Player of the Week this week after averaging 18 points in a pair of wins.
SERIES HISTORY: Lake Erie has never defeated either Findlay (0-9) or Tiffin (0-7). Last year the Storm lost both games to each team convincingly.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm continues its homestand next weekend with games against Lake Superior State University and Saginaw Valley State University on Thursday and Saturday, Jan. 19 and 21.