NORTH CANTON, Ohio- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team won their second straight game on Saturday (Jan. 14) as they defeated the Walsh University Cavaliers 70-63.
The Storm's second straight win pulled the Storm to 7-9 overall. In the GLIAC, Lake Erie is 5-5, good enough for third in the GLIAC South.
"When you shoot 89% in the fourth quarter, 58% in the game and make 86% of your free throws, you are going to give yourself the chance to win and we did that today," said Storm head coach Bob Booher. "We missed some offensive rebounds and turned the ball over too much today but we had huge contributions from Gabor, Dawson, Chaddock among others."
Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) started the Storm out as she accounted for ten of the first 12 points. Following a three pointer from Gabor, the Storm led the Cavaliers 12-5. Lake Erie followed with an 8-2 run leading into the media timeout. The Storm led by 13, 20-7 at the halfway point of the first quarter. The Cavaliers closed the lead to six with an 11-4 run to close the quarter. The Storm led 24-18 after one.
The teams went back and forth in the second quarter as the Cavaliers tried to close the gap further. Gabor and Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) opened the frame with back-to-back buckets, pushing the lead to ten. Walsh responded with eight straight points before Daija Jones converted a three point play with 3:14 left in the half. Sophie Sonneman (Jamestown, Ohio /Greeneview) followed with a layup as the Storm regained a seven point lead at 33-26. Lake Erie held a 35-32 lead at the halftime intermission.
Gabor led the Storm with 16 points in the first half as the Storm shot 56% from the floor. The team made 15-of-27 shots in the first half.
Josie Chaddock (Minerva, Ohio / Minerva) opened the second half with a layup before the Cavaliers pulled within one at 39-38. Gabor scored four straight points as the Storm led by five, 43-38 following the media timeout. Walsh gained the first lead of the game with 2:58 left in the third on a layup that made it 44-43. Chaddock scored the next four Storm points as the teams exchanged the lead. Walsh ended the quarter on a 5-0 run that gave them a 51-47 lead.
Gabor and Chaddock combined to tie the game at 51 with back-to-back baskets. Walsh stormed ahead by four before Dawson took the lead with six straight points in the fourth. Lake Erie led 57-55 at the final media timeout. Walsh cut the lead to one, 57-56 with a free throw but Lake Erie kept their distance over the final four minutes. Lake Erie finished the game on a 13-7 run, securing the Storm's third win in the last four games.
"Gabor and Jones came up big with some key layups and free throws in the last minute and fifteen seconds."
Gabor finished with a game-high 28 points and seven rebounds. Dawson added 16 points and seven boards. Chaddock scored eight points in the second half en route to ten points in the game.
After shooting 56% in the first half, the Storm finished the game with a season-high 58% shooting percentage. Lake Erie made 28 of 48 shot attempts.
The Storm will return home to host the number one team in the country, the Ashland Eagles on Thursday (Jan. 19) at 5:30 PM.