(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – After splitting four non-conference games to open up the season, Lake Erie will open G-MAC this weekend with contests against Alderson Broaddus and Davis & Elkins. The Storm will entertain the Battlers (0-3) first on Thursday with a 5:30 p.m. start.
The Storm were picked to finish 10th in the G-MAC Preseason Coaches Poll presented by Under Armour with 61 points last month. AB was slated 13th with 31 points. The teams met twice last season with Lake Erie falling early in the season on the road 75-67 before resurging in the second half of the season and winning at home 75-59 en route to a G-MAC tournament appearance.
"When we put together this year's schedule we wanted to make sure we challenged our team prior to conference play so we are ready to take on the G-MAC. We are excited to open up with AB and D&E and see where we are at with the lesson's learned, but more importantly to see where our habits are after being tried and tested this past weekend."
So far this season Lake Erie has been a tough team to score on and is seventh in the G-MAC with 69.0 points per game allowed. Opposing teams are averaging just 38.3 percent from the field, the fourth-best mark in the conference. That number improves behind the arc as the Storm leads the league in 3-point field goal defense with a mark of .239.
Lake Erie has also been strong on the boards with 26.5 defensive rebounds per game, fifth in the G-MAC.
Alderson Broaddus can flash some defense as well as they have averaged 11.0 steals per game so far this season, second in the G-MAC. The Battlers have also been strong on the glass on the offensive end with 13.3 offensive boards per game, the third-best mark in the conference.
Individually Farrah Benner has led the Storm in scoring so far this season with 12.5 points per game, No. 13 in the G-MAC. Ashley West is 11th in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds a game, while Jose Chaddock has done well setting up the offense with 4.8 assists per game, third-most in the league. Chaddock is also fourth in free throw percentage as she has made 91.7 percent from the line so far.
On the opposite end Jenna Weatherspoon leads the Battlers with 11.7 points per game, No. 17 in the conference. Myriam Garcia is just outside the top five in rebounding with 7.3 boards a contest. Teammate Yasmin Norman isn't far behind with 6.7 a game. Garcia has proven to be tough inside the paint defensively with a pair of blocked shots per game for the best mark in the league.