PAINESVILLE, Ohio – A hot-shooting Findlay Oiler squad downed Lake Erie in its final home game of the season on Saturday. Findlay drained 11 treys in defeating the Storm, 85-68, at the Osborne Athletic Center.
Chrissy Delaney was one of three senior players honored before Saturday's game. After a 22-point, eight-rebound afternoon, she could have well been honored after the game. But Delaney's fine game was dimmed by Findlay going off for 85 points, its most in a game since Dec. 5.
The Oilers (11-12, 8-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) shot 45.6 percent (26-of-57) from the field, 36.7 percent (11-of-30) from 3-point distance and 75.9 percent (22-of-29) from the free-throw line in dispatching the Storm for the second time this season.
With the loss Lake Erie (9-16, 4-15) has now lost six of its last seven. The Storm finished their home campaign with a record of 3-9.
Early and uncharacteristic Storm turnovers fed a 19-12 Findlay lead by the time the game was 10 minutes old. Findlay guard Karli Beasley went 4-for-her-first-5 in providing nearly half of the early offense for the visitors.
A Ciara Geiger trey at 4:34 lifted the visiting Oilers to a double-digit lead (35-23), and, shooting a hefty 50 percent (15-of-30) in the opening period, the Oilers extended their lead to 15 (45-30) by halftime. Beasley tallied 15 points in the first half; she made half of UF's six 3-pointers in the half.
Lake Erie shot a robust 48 percent (12-of-25) in the first, but the Storm 15 turnovers, seven more than did the Oilers. LEC also struggled at the line, going just 4-of-9 on its uncontested 15-footers.
Chrissy Delaney scored nine first-half points for the Green & White.
The Oilers worked their lead to 20 points (54-34) by the 17-minute mark. They went on a 21-11 run prior to the midpoint of the half, and that turned the balance of the game into a maintenance exercise.
Beginning at the 6:51-mark, Delaney scored nine straight Lake Erie points, and that spurt got the Storm with 17. But LEC would get no closer than 16 the rest of the way.
Delaney finished the game8-of-14 from the floor and 6-of-8 at the free-throw line. Her 22 points mark a new career-high; she has posted three new career-highs in scoring over the last two weeks. The veteran 6-foot forward had six offensive boards as part of her eight-rebound afternoon.
Her 22 points were matched by Karli Beasley who scored 22 to go along with four assists and four steals.
Lake Erie shot 43.9 (25-of-57) for the game, but the Storm were a minus-14 in turnovers, committing 27 against UF's 13.
LEC's final three games will be on the road. The first of those will be on Thursday when the Storm visit the Dragons of Tiffin University. Tip-off on Thursday is slated for 6 p.m.
Notes: The Storm program honored three players – Chrissy Delaney, Jodie Jindra, Nicole McCoy – prior to Saturday's game as part of Senior Day festivities. Delaney has logged the most time among that senior trio. The Delaware, Ohio, native came to LEC from Lewis Center Olentangy High School. She has played in 103 career games and has scored 552 points and recorded 272 rebounds. … Lake Erie struggled from 3-point range, going 3-of-14. Over their last six games, the Storm have shot just 25.2 percent (27-of-107) from beyond the arc. … LEC out-rebounded UF, 44-29. Prior to Saturday, the Storm had been out-rebounded in five straight games.
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