LAKE ERIE (9-11, 4-10) vs. ASHLAND (10-8, 8-6) -- Monday, Feb. 3 (6:00 PM)
Painesville, Ohio (Osborne Athletic Center) | Live stats/audio: LakeErieStorm.com
MONDAY-NIGHT HOOPS CLOSES OUT HOME STAND: Lake Erie will cap off a three-game home stand when the Storm host the Ashland Eagles on Monday. For LEC the contest represents an opportunity to extend a win streak: the Green & White are 2-0 on the home stand. On Saturday, Lake Erie pulled off a second straight win over a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe, something the program hadn't accomplished in over two years. And LEC won those two games in style. The Storm downed Tiffin for the first time since 2010-11 and dropped Ohio Dominican in LEC's best offensive performance since November. ... Lake Erie hasn't won three straight home games since Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2011.
STORM SURGE: In a back-and-forth game comprised of 19 ties and lead changes, LEC scored its most points since Nov. 9 in Saturday's 76-74 victory over Ohio Dominican. Lake Erie shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the field, marking its best shooting accuracy in a game since Nov. 21. The Green & White scored 50 points in the second half of the game.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES: The 2013 NCAA-II national-champion Eagles have slogged their way through a mostly-.500 stretch after starting the season by going 5-2 over their first seven games. Ashland has gone 5-5 over its last 10 games and is 1-2 over its last three. The Eagles are averaging 72.2 points per game and yielding 70.8. They are coming off a high-scoring affair, having lost, 83-80, at home against Tiffin on Saturday. On the road AU is one game over .500 (4-3). ... In last year's championship season, Ashland went 37-1 overall. The Eagles swept their season series with the Storm, winning, 84-42, in Ashland (Feb. 2) and 80-54 in Painesville (March 2). AU outshot LEC, 49 percent to 25 percent, over the two games, and the Eagles shot an aggregate 81.4 percent (35-of-43) from the free-throw line. ... The 2013 GLIAC champions lost three starters and eight lettermen to graduation. ... The current crop of Ashland players sports two of the GLIAC's top six scorers -- freshman F SUZY WOLLENHAUPT (17.8 PPG) and junior G TAYLOR WOODS (16.6). Wollenhaupt has scored 54 points over Ashland's last two games.
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