FINDLAY, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team was victorious today over the University of Findlay, 73-64. The Storm shot a season best 47.4 percent from the field throughout the game.
After the Oilers scored the first bucket of the game the Storm scored six unanswered points, with both Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) and Sami Narducci (North Royalton, Ohio / North Royalton) connecting from behind the arc, to give the Storm a 6-2 advantage. The Storm led 11-6 at the media timeout. Late in the first quarter the Oilers tied the game with a 6-0 run that was ended when Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst Steele) hit a three to regain the Storm lead, 21-18.
Early in the second quarter the Storm went on a 13-3 run that was highlighted by a Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) as she scored four of the 13 points, to give the Storm a 37-25 advantage. The run lasted over five minutes before the Storm took a timeout with just under two minutes remaining in the half. The Storm continued to play well and entered half time ahead, 41-28. At the intermission the Storm was led by Gabor as she had 13 points. As a team, the Storm shot 53.6% from the field in the first half.
The third quarter was a defensive battle in which both teams struggled to score at times. The Storm was able to maintain a 51-42 advantage as they entered the fourth quarter.
After the Oilers cut the Storm lead to seven, the Storm answered with four quick points by Dawson as the Storm stretched the lead to, 55-44. The Storm maintained a double digit lead at the half way point of the fourth quarter. The Storm was able to hold off a couple of small runs by the Oilers to win the game, 73-64.
The Storm was led by Gabor as she had 21 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Dawson added 15 points, two blocks, and two steals. Shelby Carpenter (New Lebanon, Ohio / Miami Valley) and Carlye Garst (Salem, Va. / Salem) each pitched in defensively with three steals.
Lake Erie will return to the hardwood on Thursday (January 28th) when they host Tiffin University at 5:30 P.M.