FINDLAY, Ohio – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team fell to the University of Findlay Oilers 86-65 on Thursday (Feb. 8) night.
The Oilers scored first before Lake Erie knotted the game at two early on. Kayla Gabor (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) followed through with a layup from an offensive rebound. Both teams each scored over the next minute before Findlay went on an 8-0 run. After the Oilers made it a nine point lead, Josie Chaddock (Minerva, Ohio / Minerva) hit two free throws and Farrah Benner (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) made a three pointer, as the Storm cut the lead to 17-13. Over the final three minutes of the quarter, Lake Erie outscored Findlay 6-3 as Gabor hit a three pointer and Ashley West (Willoughby Hills, Ohio / Cornerstone Christian) added three points. The Oilers lead 24-19 after the first quarter.
The Oilers started the second quarter with a 7-0 run over the first three minutes. Lake Erie used a 5-0 run with a Benner three pointer and a layup from Breanna Bauer (Port Huron, Mich. / Northern), coming within seven at the media timeout. Bauer scored the final two baskets of the first half but the Oilers led 48-36 at the intermission.
Findlay opened the scoring in the second half with two free throws before Benner knocked down a three pointer. After Gabor converted a three pointer, Findlay expanded their lead with an 11-0 run over the next three minutes. Chaddock made two free throws and Gabor made a layup as Lake Erie responded with four straight points. The Oilers scored the final six points, holding a 71-46 lead after three.
Both teams held each other scoreless for the first two minutes of the fourth quarter. Christine Dawson (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor) had two points and Gabor made a three pointer as the Storm scored five straight points. After the Storm pulled within 71-51, the teams exchanged baskets the rest of the way as Findlay won 86-65.
Gabor led the Storm with 19 points and five rebounds. Benner had 11 points total, including nine from beyond the arc. Dawson scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists.
The Storm will travel to Hillsdale on Saturday (Feb. 10) afternoon for a Great Midwest matchup at 1:00 PM.