FINDLAY, OHIO – Senior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) had a career night from three-point range and classmate Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) set a school record for blocks and posted her fifth double-double of the season as the Lake Erie College women's basketball team picked up an important Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road win Thursday night (Jan. 26) at the University of Findlay, 70-62.
The win was the third straight for the Storm (13-4, 7-3 GLIAC) and the first in 11 all-time meetings with the Oilers (12-6, 6-5 GLIAC). Findlay defeated the Storm 71-69 in Painesville two weeks ago.
But Busson had the hot hand from the get-go, connecting on a three-pointer for the game's first points. She went on to hit five more, giving her a career-best six on the night, from beyond the arc finished with a game and season-high 20 points.
The Storm built an early seven-point lead midway through the first period, before the Oilers rallied to take a 33-29 lead at halftime on the strength of 10 points, including a halftime buzzer-beater, from Clare Aubrey. The trio of Busson, Rogers and senior guard Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) each scored eight points in the first half, with Busson and Cianchetti each going two-of-three from deep and Rogers corralling nine of her game-high 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
Cianchetti opened the second half with another three and Busson followed with two in a row to allow Lake Erie to take a 38-35 lead. After the Oilers battled back to retake the lead at 40-38, the Storm went on a 22-7 run over the next 14 minutes to go up by 13 at 60-47.
Findlay closed within single digits in the final minute-plus, but graduate senior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) hit four free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
Busson went seven-of-10 from the field, including six-of-nine, for her 20 points. She also grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists. Cianchetti went three-of-four from three-point range and finished with 15 points. As a team, Lake Erie was 12-of-26 from distance (46.2%).
Rogers finished with 14 points to go along with her 11 boards and blocked four shots. The four swats give her 248 for her career, surpassing Cheryl Burden's (1988-92) total of 247 for the most in Lake Erie history. The double-double was her first since Dec. 1 against Wayne State University.
Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) chipped in with eight points off the bench.
Aubry's 18 points paced the Oilers while Kayla Brown had 11. Findlay shot just 27.6% (eight-of-29) in the second half. After shooting over 48% in their Jan. 12 win, the Oilers were held to just 33.3% overall in this game.
Lake Erie, which clinched a .500 or better record for just the fourth time in school history, continues its three-game road trip at Wayne State on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28.