PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team returns to action following the ten day holiday break with one final game in the 2016 calendar year on Saturday (Dec. 31). The Storm will travel to Amherst, New York for a New Year's Eve matinee with the Daemen College Wildcats.
Storm Report: Lake Erie takes a two game winning streak into the final game of 2016 as the Storm completed a sweep of Lake Superior State and Northwood in their last games. Lake Erie defeated Lake Superior State 81-62 and then held off the Timberwolves in OT 80-78. The Storm has a 4-7 overall record and 2-4 mark in the GLIAC.
Coach Booher's Take: "Daemen will present a challenge with their multiple defensive looks and an offense that features a lot of movement and three point shooters. We are coming off a ten day break so our challenge is to get back to the level we were playing at before Christmas."
Gabor Sweeps Honors: Junior Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) took home two honors last week for her performances. She was named GLIAC South Division Player of the Week on Dec. 20 and then was named USBWA D2 National Player of the Week the next day. Gabor averaged 25.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game as she led the Storm to a 2-0 road record last week. She started the week with a career-high 30 points in an 81-62 win over Lake Superior State to go with eight assists and four steals. Against Northwood, Gabor had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in an 80-78 win.
Chasing 1,000: Gabor enters Saturday's game with 986 career points. Gabor needs 14 points to become the ninth member of the 1,000 point club at Lake Erie in the women's basketball program.
Opposition Position: Daemen College is currently 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the East Coast Conference. The Wildcats dropped their last game against Saint Anselm. Daemen's leading scorers are Leah McDonell and Sarah Saba with 16.7 and 16.4 points per game, respectively.
Series History: The two teams have met twice before on the court with Daemen winning both matchups. Last season, Lake Erie fell 69-65 to the Wildcats at home. Gabor and Shelby Carpenter each scored 22 points for the Storm.
Storm Forecast: Lake Erie will return home to the Osborne Center to kick off the 2017 calendar year with two games against Ferris State and Grand Valley State next week.