UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Lake Erie College women's basketball team battled with the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals for the first quarter but a second quarter run dropped the Storm 87-58 on Saturday (Dec. 3) in a GLIAC matchup.
The Storm took an early 4-1 lead on layups by Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio / Amherst Steele) and Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor). With the score tied 9-9, Lake Erie took a 13-9 lead with 3:20 to go in the first quarter. Saginaw Valley tied the game, part of six ties in the first quarter. Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) hit a jumper with five seconds left in the quarter, giving the Storm a 19-17 lead after one frame.
Gabor and Dawson combined on a 7-0 run to begin the second quarter, pushing the lead to nine with 7:44 left in the half. Saginaw Valley went on a 21-4 run over the final seven minutes, to take a 38-30 lead into halftime.
Gabor scored seven points in the second quarter, finishing with 11 in the half while Dawson scored nine points in the first two quarters. The Storm shot 41% from the floor in the first half, including 52% in the first quarter.
Saginaw Valley opened the half with a three before Gabor answered with a jumper twenty seconds later. The Cardinals flirted with a double-digit lead as the Storm kept answering with buckets until the media timeout. Saginaw Valley got a three, pushing the lead to 12 with five minutes left in the quarter. That three pointer opened an 11-0 run for the Cardinals, who led 56-38 with 3:48 left in the quarter. Late in the quarter, Lake Erie used some free throws to pull within 13. Saginaw Valley led 61-45 after three quarters.
The Storm missed their first 12 shots in the fourth quarter as Saginaw Valley pushed the lead to 28 points. Victoria Burdo (Waterville, Ohio / Anthony Wayne) nailed a jumper with 2:57 left in the game, the first made shot of the quarter. In the closing seconds, Farrah Benner (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) knocked down a three pointer but the Storm fell 87-58 to the Cardinals.
The Storm shot 11% in the fourth quarter, and 21% for the second half. Lake Erie shot 31% for the whole game.
Dawson led the Storm with 16 points, three blocks and eight rebounds. Gabor added 15 points and three steals.
Lake Erie will return home to the Osborne Center for two GLIAC matchups against the GLIAC North, Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan next week.