Eagles soar past Storm 62-53 BY TIMOTHY W. SHIRER SPORTS EDITOR (PAINESVILLE, OH) - The Lake Erie Storm women's basketball team came into Saturday's game with a 16-9 record (10-8 in the GLIAC) no doubt a positive year. Their opponent, the Ashland University Eagles however play in another universe as they came into the game 24-1 and 18-0 in the GLIAC.
It was apparent from the start that it was going to be an uphill battle for the Storm as they never led and eventually fell 62-53.
Ashland took the early 6-0 lead with 16:39 left in the game and Lake Erie could never recover from the early deficit.
The Eagles were led by the most dominant player in the GLIAC junior Kari Daugherty. Daugherty averaged 20.2 points per game and 12.7 rebounds entering the game. Daugherty continued on Saturday against the Storm as she was on fire in both phases in the first half as she had 15 points and 18 rebounds.
The Storm trailed 25-15 at halftime. Not only was Daugherty the dominating force for the Eagles but the Storm did not help themselves as they shot only 4 of 27 from the field for only 14.8%. Also the Eagles out rebounded the Storm 24-14.
The Storm came out looking much better in the second half, but the presence of Daugherty continued to be too much for Lake Erie.
Daugherty found herself in foul trouble late in the second half and sat on the bench for about three minutes. The Storm took advantage of her absence.
With 1:04 left in the game the Storm cut the lead to five at 56-51. That was as close as they could get as Daugherty re-entered the game and the Storm fate was sealed.
Daugherty finished the game with 30 points and 24 rebounds. Alyssa Wagers had a double double for the Storm as she finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Shooting percentage was the key to the game as Ashland shot 21 of 44 from the field for 47.7% and the Storm finished the game shooting 17 of 63 from the field for 27%.
The Storm finishes the regular season 16-10 and 10-9 in the GLIAC. They will most likely play Tiffin University at Tiffin in round one of the GLIAC Tournament on Wednesday night. firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Tim on Twitter @TimothyShirer POSTED 02/25/2012 15:27