PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team opened GLIAC play with a victory over Ferris St. today (December 4th), 54-38. With the win the Storm improve 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference, and with the loss the Bulldogs fall to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
The Storm got out to an 11-2 lead earlier on, with four points coming from Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor). After the Bulldogs cut the Storm run short, Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio/Amherst Steele) scored four straight points to extend their lead to 15-4. After the Bulldogs called a timeout, the Storm scored the next five points- a lay-up by Gabor and a three-pointer by Jackie Murray (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary).
After the third media timeout, the Bulldogs went on a 6-3 run, leading to a timeout by the Storm but the Storm closed out the half with a 26-12 lead.
Gabor led the Storm with eight points in the first half. Shagovac had four while Shelby Carpenter (Dayton, Ohio/Miami Valley), Murray and Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) had three apiece. The Storm forced 13 turnovers in the first half, garnering nine steals. They limited the Bulldog shooters to just four-of-31 (12.9%) at the half.
The Bulldogs started the second half on an 8-0 run, leading to a timeout called by the Storm. The Storm lead dwindled to four at the first media timeout but Daija Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Joseph Academy) and Shagovac combined for three straight to bring the lead back to seven, leading to a Bulldog timeout.
Leading 36-29 with less than eight minutes to play, Carpenter hit a big three-pointer to increase the Storm lead to ten. Gabor followed up the score with a long two-pointer, giving the Storm a 41-29 advantage. After a Ferris State free-throw, Gabor and Dawson scored back-to-back lay-ups pushing the Storm lead to 15.
A traditional three-point play by Gabor put the Storm up 18, which sealed the victory- their first over Ferris State.
Gabor led the way for the Storm with a double-double, she had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Carpenter added seven points and seven rebounds. Sami Narducci had three of the 12 steals for Lake Erie. The Storm allowed the fewest points in a game since 2011.
The Storm is back in action Saturday (Dec. 6) when they host Grand Valley State University.