A Page -- Jan. 27, 2012


Holy Name alumnus Kevin Krakowiak Scores 

Career-High 31 As B-W Men Sweep Season 

Series Against Heidelberg, 80-74

BEREA, OHIO – Sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) scored a career-high 31 points to lead three Yellow Jacket scorers in double figures as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated Heidelberg University, 80-74, tonight (Wednesday, January 25, 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center. This was the second and final regular season meeting between the teams.

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets improved their record to 11-7 overall and 6-5 in the OAC while the Student Princes fall to 6-12 overall and 4-7 in the OAC.

In addition to Krakowiak for B-W, sophomore All-OAC forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) and sophomore forward Tyler Ferrell each added 10 points.  Heidelberg was led by junior guard Dane Givner with 26 points, junior forward Nate Davis contributed 16 and sophomore forward Victor Fortkamp added 14.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring, 3-0, when Krakowiak buried a three off the fast break assist from Umbel with 19:30 remaining.  The Student Princes got their first points, 3-2, on a layup by Givner at 19:18.
B-W would then go on a 9-2 run to push its lead to seven points, 11-4, at the 16:01 mark. The run was sparked by 

Krakowiak and Ferrell with four points apiece.
Heidelberg would go on a 13-4 run over the next four plus minutes to tie the game, 17-15, on a dunk by junior forward Nate Davis with 11:47 left.

The Yellow Jackets would respond with a 5-0 run to regain the lead, 20-17, on a three-pointer by junior Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/Walsh Jesuit) and a bucket from sophomore forward Aaron Selmek (Delaware/Columbus St. Francis DeSales) at 10:29.
The Student Princes went on a 6-0 run to take the lead, 23-20, on a jumper by freshman forward Bryan Crawford with 8:25 remaining.

B-W would close out the first half by outscoring Heidelberg, 16-12, to take a four point lead, 36-32, into halftime.
The Student Princes would open the second half when Crawford spilt a pair of free throws cutting the lead down to three points, 36-33, at 18:59.  The Yellow Jackets would get a traditional three-point play from Payne with 18:38 left to push the lead to six points, 39-33, at 18:38.

Over the next four minutes, the teams would exchange baskets as Heidelberg would cut the lead down to three points, 43-40, on floater in the paint by Givner with 14:21 left to play.  The Student Princes would then go on an 8-3 lead to regain the lead, 48-46, on a trey by Givner at 11:44.

B-W would use a 5-0 run to regain the lead, 51-48, as Krakowiak would score on a layup and Payne hit a jumper and split a pair of free throws with the last coming with 10:45 remaining.  Heidelberg would tie the game at 54-54 on a jumper by Fortkamp at 8:41.

The two teams would battle back and forth for the remainder of the half with the Yellow Jackets having their largest lead of eight points, 70-62, on a three-point play by Krakowiak with 4:28 left.  The Student Princes cut the lead down to one point, 74-73 on a pair of free throws by junior guard Quinten Aden Jr. at 40 seconds.  B-W would seal the game as it hit 6-of-6 free throws down the stretch, including four by Ameen.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, January 28 when they will host Wilmington College in the second game of a men’s and women’s OAC and SportsTime Ohio Doubleheader at 4:00 p.m.    The men’s game will air on SportsTime Ohio on Saturday at 9:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29 at 5:00 a.m. and Monday, January 30 at 7:00 a.m. (men’s).  The women’s game will be broadcast on Saturday at 11:00 p.m.  Fans can listen to both men’s and women’s games can live on campus radio station WBWC 88.3 FM “The Sting” or via the internet at www.wbwc.com.  The pregame show starts 15 minutes prior to tipoff.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise one more men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on SportsTime Ohio. The games are on Saturday, February 18 versus Ohio Northern University. B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.

Carroll men top Mount Union

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Mount Union got a game and career-high 21 points from freshman guard Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) and rallied twice from double digit deficits before falling 74-65 at John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball matchup.

John Carroll, which got 19 points from Corey Shontz, improves to 13-4 overall and at 8-3 in the OAC are now tied in first place with Capital -- a 55-53 loser at Wilmington.

Mount Union falls for just the third time in 2012 and is now 8-10 overall and 4-7 in the conference.

After five lead changes and two ties in the first half, the Purple Raiders were down 29-19 with three minutes left before finishing the period on a 11-1 run to tie the game at 30 at the break.

John Carroll opened the second half on a 13-4 run to take control of the game and eventually led 55-43 with 13:39 left to play.

Mount Union rallied again over the next seven minutes to get within a point -- 61-60 on a Jacubec three-pointer.

Shontz would hit a free throw and a three-pointer by Michael Hartnett would push the margin back out to five and the Raiders would score just five more points the rest of game.

Aside from Jacubec's heroics, Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) was only the Purple Raider in double figures with 13 points

CWRU Athletics Set for Frenzy of February Athletic Events

CLEVELAND, Ohio – There will be no shortage of championship and promotional athletic events at Case Western Reserve University this February, as the Spartan Athletic Department prepares to close out the winter sports season in fashion with a month full of happenings at the Veale Center.

With its recent run of school record-breaking success, CWRU athletics has been no stranger to hosting a multitude of varsity events throughout the academic year. Just this past fall, the department hosted a pair of NCAA Championship Tournaments on the same weekend in addition to its home athletic schedule and 11 tournament/meet style events.

Now with the winter sports season heading into its final full month, Spartan Athletics prepares for its busiest four-week stretch in recent memory, starting with the seventh annual Throwback Weekend on Feb. 3-5 and ending with the NCAA Division III Wrestling Midwest Regional on February 25.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to host two UAA Championships and to have been selected to host an NCAA Regional Championship event," said Director of Athletics Dave Diles. "We enjoy welcoming our peers to our campus and our community and are committed to providing an outstanding competitive experience for all of our guests. In addition, seeing our student-athletes in competition at the highest levels allows our campus community to witness the special talents and dedication which they possess.”

February at Case Western Reserve:

Friday, Feb. 3 – Throwback Weekend & Disco Night (Read more)
Greek Life attendance points and Best-Dressed contest
Women’s Basketball vs. Brandeis – 6:00 p.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium
Men’s Basketball vs. Brandeis – 8:00 p.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium

Saturday, Feb. 4 – Battle for the Obelisk
Track & Field dual meet vs. Carnegie Mellon – 10:00 a.m. – Veale Track

Sunday, Feb. 5 – Throwback Weekend & Girls’ Sports Day (Read more)
Men’s Basketball vs. NYU – 12:00 p.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium
Women’s Basketball vs. NYU – 2:00 p.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium

Saturday, Feb. 11 – UAA Wrestling Championship (Read more)
CWRU vs. NYU and Chicago – 11:00 a.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium
Bob Del Rosa ceremony in between first and second matches

Wednesday, Feb. 15-Saturday, Feb. 18 – UAA Swimming & Diving Championship (Read more)
Seven teams
Diving events Feb. 15-18 – 1:00 p.m. prelims – 3:00 p.m. finals - William H. Johnson Natatorium (John Carroll)
Swimming events Feb. 16-18 – 10:00 a.m. prelims – 6:00 p.m. finals – Veale Natatorium

Friday, Feb. 17 – UAA Basketball Doubleheader
Women’s Basketball vs. Rochester – 6:00 p.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium
Men’s Basketball vs. Rochester – 8:00 p.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium
Men’s Senior Night

Saturday, Feb. 18 – Si Ostrach Meet
Wrestling vs. RIT, Thiel and Muskingum – 12:00 p.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium
Seniors’ Day
Josh Schmidt ceremony

Sunday, Feb. 19 – UAA Basketball Doubleheader
Men’s Basketball vs. Emory – 12:00 p.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium
Women’s Basketball vs. Emory – 2:00 p.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium
Women’s Seniors’ Day

Saturday, Feb. 25 – NCAA Division III Wrestling Midwest Regional Championship (Read more)

10 teams – 9:00 a.m. – Horsburgh Gymnasium.

Lairson Scores 15 Points as B-W Women Beat Heidelberg, 67-

48, in Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO  – Sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville/ Senior) scored 15 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team beatHeidelberg University, 67-48, tonight (Wednesday, January 25, 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Seiberling Gymnasium.  This was the second and final regular season meeting between the teams.

With its victory, B-W improved to 10-7 overall and 5-5 in the OAC. The Yellow Jackets have won four of their last six games. With its loss, Heidelberg fell to 4-13 overall and 1-9 in the OAC and lost for the fifth straight time.

In addition to Lairson for the B-W, sophomore forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) with 11 points.  Lairson and Rohrbach tied for game-high rebounding honors with seven each. Heidelberg was led by sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips with a game-high 18 points.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the 18:43 mark when Lairson canned a three-pointer. Heidelberg came right back to make it a 3-2 game at the 18:19 mark when senior guard Jazmine Shaw grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. Lairson then gave B-W a 5-2 lead at 16:51 when she made a layup and the Yellow Jackets increased it to 7-2 when sophomore backup center Natalia Simovic (Seven Hills/ Normandy) made a layup at 15:27.

Heidelberg cut the lead to 7-5 when Phillips scored, was fouled and made a free throw at 15:11. The Student Princes gained an 8-7 lead at 14:52 when sophomore guard Emily Giel canned a triple. Following a basket by each team and then almost four minutes of scoreless play, Phillips made one of two foul shots at 9:50 to give Heidelberg a 11-9 advantage and then a 13-9 lead at 9:03 when she canned a jumper.

The Heidelberg lead grew to 15-9 at the 7:15 mark when Phillips made a jump shot. Simovic ended a 7-0 Student Prince run when she scored on a layup at 7:02, was fouled and completed the three-point play by making her charity toss to make the score 15-12. B-W then closed to 15-14 when Rohrbach scored at 6:33, was fouled, but missed the foul shot.

After Heidelberg took an 18-14 lead on a trey by Giel at 6:17, Rohrbach countered for B-W with a layup at 5:51 to make it 18-16 and then Simovic tied it at 18-18 at 3:39 when she grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. The Jacket run continued as they regained the lead at 20-18 at 2:16 when Lairson canned a pair of foul shots and then built it to 22-18 at 1:36 when freshman guard Audrey Smolik (Styrongsville) drove to the hole and scored.

Undaunted, Heidelberg tied it at 22-22 when it received a layup by freshman guard Paige Ricketts at 1:21 and a jumper by Phillips with 54 seconds left. Following a jumper by Lairson with 34 seconds left to make it 24-22, Ricketts tied it at 24-24 with 14 secnds left. She also was fouled and had a chance to give the Student Princes a one-point lead, but missed her foul shot.

In the second half, the Student Princes gained a 27-24 lead at 19:01 when sophomore guard Megan Miller canned a three-poinyer. B-W got one point back at 18:46 when junior point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) made one of two foul shots and then took a 28-27 advantage at 17:40 when junior All-OAC forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) made a triple.  The lead grew to 30-27 at 17:06 when Lairson mad a jumper and the run reached 9-0 when Carpenter canned another trey at 16:58.

Heidelberg junior guard Jordan Ickes made it a 33-28 game at 16:43 when she made one of two foul shots, but Rohrbach pushed the lead to 35-28 with a pair of foul shots at 16:20. B-W then outscored the Student Princes 15-6 to build its lead to 16 points at 50-34 with 9:58 left when Rossman made one of two foul shots.  The largest lead for B-W was 21 points at 63-42 with 2:42 left when freshman forward Laurel Thomas (Canton/ Central Catholic) made a layup.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, January 28 when they will host Wilmington College in the first game of a men’s and women’s OAC and SportsTime Ohio doubleheader at 2:00 p.m. The women’s game will be broadcast on Saturday at 11:00 p.m.  Additionally, fans can listen to both men’s and women’s games can live on campus radio station WBWC 88.3 FM, or via the internet at www.wbwc.com.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise its men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader on SportsTime Ohio. The games are on Saturday, February 18 versus Ohio Northern University. B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.

Glenn Waligora's 467 series leads Ridgeville 

past Wellington

In a high school bowling match between Wellington and North Ridgeville held at Lake Erie Lanes, the Rangers were a winner by 418 pins. Glenn Waligora led the way with a 467 series..
Boys Varsity
North Ridgeville
Alex Gravely - -
Glenn Waligora 212-255 (467)
Logan Gedeon 169 - (169)
Tyler Davis 224-147 (371)
Joey Peterson 194-227 (421)
Ryan Kordish 226-225 (451)
S.A.W. - 201 (201)
Baker Games 170-178 (348)
Game 1 1195
Game 2 1233
Grand Total 2428
Austin Washburn 119-155(274)
William Waite 187-177 (364)
Levi Shoemaker 159-172 (331)
Brandon Wallase 169-135 (304)
Jerry Moon 190-213 (403)
Baker Games 134-200(334)
Game 1 958
Game 2 1052
Grand Total 2010
 Boys JV
North Ridgeville
CJ Schneider 169-149 (318)
Nico Dennis 113 - (113)
Donny Ciryak 201-129 (330)
Zack Pulvino 201-158 (359)
Joey Casement 205-190 (395)
Alex Scullin - 182 (182)
Baker Games 179-166 (345)
Game 1 1068
Game 2 974
Grand Total 2042
Corbin Schneider 113-121(234)
Mitch Farr 121-108 (229)
Troy Washburn 80-142 (222)
Baker Games 57-65(122)
Game 1 371
Game 2 436
Grand Total 807

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against Allegheny (Pa.) College

January 25, 2012

MEADVILLE, PA.  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team fell short of Allegheny (Pa.) College, 51-46, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 25) in Meadville, Pa.  [Game Stats]


With the loss, the Terriers are now 5-12 overall and 2-7 in the NCAC.  The Gators improves to 13-5 overall and 8-1 NCAC.

Lakewood's Kovach (L), Bedford's Shields (R)


In the first half, Allegheny scored the game’s first points, but Hiram then went on a 10-0 scoring run to take a 10-2 lead with a layup by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) at the 15:11 mark.  The Gators eventually regained the lead a few minutes later as part of a 9-0 run making the score 13-12 with 7:21 left to play in the period.  Both teams traded leads late in the half, but a mini 6-0 run by Allegheny in the final 4:04 gave the Gators a 26-20 advantage at the intermission.


Allegheny never trailed in the second half and looked to be headed to victory leading by as many as nine points, 45-36, late in the period with 4:03 left to play.  Hiram then outscored Allegheny, 10-2, to get to within a point, 47-46, on a three-pointer by Kovach with 1:17 to go.  The Gators sealed the win with a basket and two free-throws as a pair of costly turnovers by the Terriers in the final seconds gave Allegheny the 51-46 victory.


Allegheny shot 35.9 percent (23-of-64) from the field and went 0-for-12 from behind the three-point line.  The Gators had one player score in double-figures in Daryl Ford with a game-high 18 points on seven-of-eight shooting (87.5 percent) and grabbed a game-tying high 10 rebounds.  Teammate Heidi Goeller tied Ford in rebounds with 10.


Hiram shot just 26.7 percent (16-of-60) from the field and 34.8 percent (eight-of-23) from behind the arc.  Kovach led the Terriers with 15 points on five-of-13 shooting (38.5 percent) and a team-tying high nine rebounds.  Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) added 10 points and nine boards.


Hiram will host Denison University in a NCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Price Gymnasium.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team.  The women will take on the Big Red at 1 p.m., followed by the men against No. 19 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster at 3 p.m.

No. 10 Mount Union too much for John Carroll

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The No. 9-ranked Mount Union women's basketball team extended its home win streak to 20 games with an 82-54 victory over John Carroll Wednesday night at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Westlake's LaMattina

Junior Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) led a quintet of Purple Raiders in double-figures with a game-high 18 points. Senior Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/ North Olmsted) scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Freshman Aly Daniel (Willard/Willard) came off the bench to score 12 points while Erin Schmidt(Akron/Walsh Jesuit) and Amanda Rose (Green/Green) added 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

The Purple Raiders (17-1, 10-1) scored the first five points of the game before John Carroll cut the deficit to 7-6 with 14:56 remaining in the first half. The Raiders responded with a 13-4 run to take a 20-10 lead. A 14-2 run late in the first half gave the Raiders a 19-point lead, but John Carroll was able to trim the deficit to 15 and trailed 43-28 at the intermission.

After forcing 15 first-half turnovers, Mount Union continued its pressure defense, sparking a 27-7 run in the opening eight minutes of the second half to take a commanding 60-35 lead. The Raiders led by as much as 33 and forced 24 turnovers by the Blue Streaks, who had just eight assists.

Mount Union will play on the road at third-place Capital Saturday at 3 pm.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Beaten by Allegheny (Pa.) College

January 25, 2012


MEADVILLE, PA.  –  Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 65-60 loss against Allegheny (Pa.) College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 25) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Meadville, Pa.  [Game Stats]


Following tonight’s game, the Terriers fall to 11-7 overall and 4-5 in the NCAC.  The Gators improve to 4-14 overall and 2-7 NCAC.


Hiram led Allegheny in the early minutes of the first half, but would only boast as much as a five-point edge, 13-8, in the first 8:31.  The Gators took their first lead of the game with 11:29 left in the period and the two teams would go back-and-forth the rest of the way.  The Terriers had a four-point advantage, 25-21, with 6:00 left before halftime thanks to a jumper by Watkins and later looked to be headed to a slim one-point lead at the break, but Allegheny evened the score at 30-30 on one-of-two free-throws just before time expired at the end of half.


Allegheny began the second half with an 11-6 scoring run to claim its largest lead of the game of seven points, 41-34, for the first time at the 16:57 mark.  Hiram battled back holding the Gators scoreless during the next 3:43 while scoring four unanswered points on a pair of jumpers by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) to pull the Terriers to within three points, 41-38, with 13:14 to go.  Hiram would never take the lead as Allegheny extended its lead back to seven points on back-to-back buckets of its own making the score, 45-38.  The Terriers made one final push late in the game and got to within a point on several occassions, including a 52-51 deficit on a three-pointer by Stefanov with 4:47 to play.  But that would be as close as Hiram would get as the Terriers could not take control from the Gators in the final minutes and Allegheny went to claim the 65-60 victory.


Allegheny shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the field and was led by the duo of Devone McLeod and James Ness who both scored 14 points.  Ness also added seven rebounds.  Ryan Stanko was the other Gator player in double-figures with 13 points.  In addition, Clark Tritto grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.


Hiram shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) for the game and was led by Watkins’ 22 points on nine-of-15 shooting (60.0 percent).  Stefanov finished the game with 17 points to round out the high scorers. 


Yeowomen fall to Big Red

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College women’s basketball team lost their game to the Denison Big Red on Wednesday night. The final score of the NCAC match up was 67-45.

The Yeowomen were led by freshman Christina Marquette and Kelly Warlich who both had a team high 11 points. Marquette, Allison GannonLillian Jahan and Ashley Young each had five rebounds apiece. Malisa Hoak led the Yeowomen with five assists.
The Yeowomen jumped out to a quick lead in the first half, as junior Warlich scored the first eight points of the game for Oberlin. Oberlin had their largest lead of the game at the 10:13 mark, when they were up by seven, by a score of 15-8. The next few minutes would be back and forth, but Denison would make a 7-0 run at the end of the half to go up by a score of 26-22.
Denison took over in the second half and had their largest lead of the night of 22 as the game ended. Ball control issues plagued the Yeowomen, as they had 26 total turnovers. Denison out rebounded Oberlin 32-28 on the night. They also were able to have 26 total bench points, while Oberlin had two.

Oberlin's halftime lead slips away against 


Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team held a four-point half-time lead, but the visiting Big Red of Denison University used a big second-half surge to get by the Yeomen, 70-56, on Wednesday night at Philips Gym.

Oberlin was paced by a game-high 19 points from junior Andrew Fox. The Tempe, Arizona, native nearly recorded his eighth double-double of the season as he finished with nine rebounds. Rookie Miles Gueno - making his first-career start - added a career-high 13 points. Fellow first-year Jesse Neugarten chipped in with 10 points to go along with a career-high seven assists.

In the opening half, the Yeomen found themselves down 10, 20-10, with 8:34 to go in the period. However, OC responded with a 10-0 run in less than a two-minute span to tie the game at 20. The spurt featured five points from Fox and a triple-hit from Gueno.

Oberlin (6-12, 1-8 NCAC) continued to keep up the pressure and built up a 30-24 lead in the closing moments, but a Dimonde Hale layup just before the first-half horn made it a 30-26 lead in favor of the Yeomen at the break.

In the second half, the Yeomen went up 38-33 thanks to a Geoff Simpson 3-pointer with 16:30 remaining. However, from there the Big Red would answer with an 11-0 run to claim 44-38 lead at the 13:17 mark.

Denison (7-11, 4-5 NCAC) would eventually extend its lead out to 10, 53-43, with 7:44 left to play. Oberlin continued to fight, shrinking the deficit down to five, 57-52, at the 4:16 mark. Unfortunately, Denison would not allow the Yeomen to get any closer, scoring the game’s next nine points to leave no doubt in the eventual outcome.

Once again the Yeomen struggled on the glass as the Big Red out-rebounded them 39-25, which included a 16-4 margin on the offensive end.

The Yeomen shot 41.7-percent (20-of-48) in the loss, while the Big Red checked in at 44.8-percent (25-of-56).

Denison had four different players score in double figures, led by 18 points from Hale.

Women's Basketball: Busson's Six Threes, Rogers' Double-

Double Pace Storm to 70-62 Road Win at Findlay

FINDLAY, OHIO – Senior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) had a career night from three-point range and classmate Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) set a school record for blocks and posted her fifth double-double of the season as the Lake Erie College women's basketball team picked up an important Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road win Thursday night (Jan. 26) at the University of Findlay, 70-62.

Rogers (L), Busson (R)

The win was the third straight for the Storm (13-4, 7-3 GLIAC) and the first in 11 all-time meetings with the Oilers (12-6, 6-5 GLIAC).  Findlay defeated the Storm 71-69 in Painesville two weeks ago.

But Busson had the hot hand from the get-go, connecting on a three-pointer for the game's first points.  She went on to hit five more, giving her a career-best six on the night, from beyond the arc finished with a game and season-high 20 points.

The Storm built an early seven-point lead midway through the first period, before the Oilers rallied to take a 33-29 lead at halftime on the strength of 10 points, including a halftime buzzer-beater,  from Clare Aubrey.  The trio of Busson, Rogers and senior guard Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) each scored eight points in the first half, with Busson and Cianchetti each going two-of-three from deep and Rogers corralling nine of her game-high 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

Cianchetti opened the second half with another three and Busson followed with two in a row to allow Lake Erie to take a 38-35 lead.  After the Oilers battled back to retake the lead at 40-38, the Storm went on a 22-7 run  over the next 14 minutes to go up by 13 at 60-47.

Findlay closed within single digits in the final minute-plus, but graduate senior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) hit four free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.

Busson went seven-of-10 from the field, including six-of-nine, for her 20 points. She also grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists. Cianchetti went three-of-four from three-point range and finished with 15 points. As a team, Lake Erie was 12-of-26 from distance (46.2%). 

Rogers finished with 14 points to go along with her 11 boards and blocked four shots.  The four swats give her 248 for her career, surpassing Cheryl Burden's (1988-92) total of 247 for the most in Lake Erie history. The double-double was her first since Dec. 1 against Wayne State University.

Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) chipped in with eight points off the bench.

Aubry's 18 points paced the Oilers while Kayla Brown had 11. Findlay shot just 27.6% (eight-of-29) in the second half. After shooting over 48% in their Jan. 12 win, the Oilers were held to just 33.3% overall in this game.

Lake Erie, which clinched a .500 or better record for just the fourth time in school history, continues its three-game road trip at Wayne State on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28.