PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College women's basketball team defeated Mansfield University today (November 29th), 70-55. With the win the Storm improve to 4-1 and with the loss the Mountaineers fall to 1-4 on the season.
The Storm scored the first four points of the game, with the first score coming just eight seconds in by Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). The Mountaineers tied the game at five but a timely three by Gabor reestablished the lead for the Storm. Mansfield provided the answer with an 8-0 before the first media timeout. After the timeout, the Mountaineers lead grew 17-10 before the Storm scored four straight to cut it to three. However, Mansfield was able to go on 5-0 run, leading 22-14 at the second media timeout. Like the previous timeout, the Storm came out hot, going on a 7-0 run, capped off by a Carlye Garst (Salem, Va./Salem) three to cut the lead to one. The Storm eventually tied the game at 24 off a traditional three-point play by Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). After the teams traded the lead, Dawson made an athletic reverse lay-up while being fouled to give the Storm a 32-30 lead. Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) then stole the ball, leading to a fast break lay-up by Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven). The Storm continued to shine, ending the half on a 9-0 run.
Gabor led the Storm with nine first-half points. Skelton and Dawson had seven points apiece. The Storm shot 45.2% (14-of-31) from the field in the first-half and were eight-of-10 from the charity stripe.
After a scoreless couple minutes to start the second-half, the Storm quickly scored four points in about five seconds off shots by Shelby Carpenter (Dayton, Ohio/Miami Valley) and Gabor, leading to a timeout by Mansfield. The Storm defense continued to rattle the Mountaineers, forcing several turnovers in the backcourt as their lead increased to 47-35 at the first media timeout of the half.
The Mountaineers were unable to solve the riddle of the Storm's defense as they continued to turn the ball over. The Storm shooters were hot, growing the lead to 19 near the 13 minute mark. Leading 60-45 at the 10 minute media timeout, the Storm had forced 23 turnovers while tallying 15 steals.
Mansfield cut the lead down to 10 with less than six minutes to play but the Storm recovered and sealed the victory.
The Storm was led by Gabor who had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Also in double-digits for the Storm was Skelton who posted 14 points and eight rebounds. Narducci had seven of the 20 steals for Lake Erie.
The Storm returns to action Thursday (December 6) for their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener against Ferris State University.