PAINESVILLE, Ohio— The Lake Erie College women's basketball was defeated by Northwood today (January 4th), 64-46. With the loss the Storm falls to 7-5 overall and 2-4 in the conference, and with the win the Timberwolves improve to 8-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
The Timberwolves jumped out o a 6-0 lead before a traditional three-point play by Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) cut the lead in half. The teams traded points back-and-forth with the Timberwolves maintaining their advantage at the midway point of the half, 14-8. The Storm cut the lead to three, 15-12, before the Timberwolves made a three pointer to bring their lead back to six. The Timberwolves went on a 7-0 run. Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio/Amherst Steele) ended the run on with lay-up following a steal. Gabor scored five straight points in the final minute to cut the lead to eight. A late free-throw gave the Timberwolves a 29-20 lead at halftime.
Gabor led the Storm with eight points in the opening half. Daija Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Joseph Academy) and Shagovac had three apiece. Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton), Morgan Berry (Toledo, Ohio/Napoleon/Dayton) and Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) each had two points. The Storm forced 12 turnovers in the first half, collecting five steals.
The Timberwolves maintained their lead early in the second half. After the media timeout, the Timberwolves grew their lead to 19. Trailing by 17 with 10 minutes to play, the Storm went on a 9-0, led by four by Gabor, to cut the lead to eight. However, the Timberwolves regained their footing, going on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.
Gabor led the way for the Storm with 14 points, three rebounds and one steal. Junior guard Selby Carpenter (Dayton, Ohio / Miami Valley) and Berry each had two assists for Lake Erie. Dawson had nine points, three rebounds, and two blocks for the Storm.
The Storm is back in action Thursday (Jan. 8) when they travel to the Upper Peninsula to face Michigan Tech University.