(OWENSBORO, Ky.) – The road trip got off to a difficult start for Lake Erie as it fell to Kentucky Wesleyan by a score of 97-69 at the Owensboro Sportscenter on Thursday evening. The Storm, who are in the thick of the G-MAC Tournament playoff hunt, dropped even at 9-9 overall and 6-7 in the conference. The Panthers are in a fight for the regular season championship and improved to 16-3.
The Storm had a balanced offense led by Farrah Benner's 16 points, but turnovers proved to be an Achilles heel for the Green and White. Lake Erie shot 46.9 percent from the field and also had Jordan Joseph in double-figures with 12 points. Madison Mattimore and Josie Chaddock were also within a basket of double-figures.
However the firepower of the Panthers eventually took over the momentum of the game. Kentucky Wesleyan was led by Jenna Martin with 25 points, one of four in double-figures for the hosts. While the Storm did shoot well, Kentucky Wesleyan shot just as well with a 47.3 percent clip.
The Storm will attempt to right the ship this Saturday as they continue the trek south to Nashville. There they will battle Trevecca Nazarene in their only meeting with the Trojans this season. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.