PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team earned a big win Monday (Jan. 21) over the third ranked team in the G-MAC, Walsh University, with a final score of 67-66. The win put the Storm at 9-7 overall for the 2018-2019 season with a G-MAC record of 6-5. Conversely, the Cavs fell to 12-5 with a G-MAC record of 8-3.
Josie Chaddock started it off for the Storm, forcing a turnover from Quionche Carter and then scoring a layup, to make the game 4-2. (Chaddock had the responsibility of guarding Walsh standout Carter, who has averaged 18.2 points per game with a shooting percentage over 50 this season so far.) A pair of Storm layups by Ashley West and Breanna Bauer tied the game up with 5:53 left in the first quarter, and the teams traded scoring runs before the Cavs took the first frame with a 16-14 advantage over the Storm.
West's three point followed by Bauer converting a pair of offensive rebounds to the basket gave the Storm early momentum, and the lead, in the second quarter. The Storm was able to push their lead to ten with 3:37 left to play with a layup by Storm junior Jordan Joseph, and went into the locker room at halftime leading the Cavs 32-27.
The third quarter was all about a team effort of maintaining momentum for the Storm, with scores by West, Bauer, Chaddock, Joseph, and Benner. The defense gave the Cavs some room to breathe, but a layup by Benner put the Storm up 49-47 going into the last quarter of the contest.
Benner made a shot from range one minute into the fourth to put the Storm up 54-49, but six unanswered points by the Cavs gave them an edge at the six minute mark. The two teams traded scoring runs until another Benner bomb put the Storm up 59-58 with 4:11 left to play. The defense gave up another basket, but West put the Storm up 61-60 with a layup with 3:36 to go. The teams traded scores which tied the game, again, but Benner hit another clutch layup and later drew a foul to put the Storm up 67-64 with 1:16 left on the clock. Farrah Benner scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, and the Storm took the win with a final score of 67-66.
Benner led the Storm in points, recording 21 with five steals, five assists, and four rebounds (defensive). Additionally, Josie Chaddock scored 16 points with three steals, four assists, and two rebounds. Chaddock and the Storm defense held Carter, one of the top players in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, to five points. Ashley West almost had a double-double, recording eleven points and nine rebounds, seven of which were earned under the Cav's basket. Breanna Bauer was close to a double-double as well, recording 13 points with eight rebounds, five of which were earned under the Storm's own basket.
The Storm returns to Osborne for a home contest against G-MAC foe, Ursuline. Tip-off is set for 1pm on Saturday, Jan. 26.