LEC
Caiola

PAINESVILLE, Ohio --  For the second time this season, Lake Erie capped a victory with a player scoring her 1,000th career point. This time it was senior forward Jen Caiola who reached the milestone, scoring a game-high 25 points in an 81-71 victory against previously unbeaten Wayne State (Mich.) on Thursday in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener for both teams.

Caiola was one of three players in double figures, including a fourth consecutive double-double by senior center Stephanie Rogers and another by Alyssa Wagers as the Storm improved to 6-0 overall (1-0 GLIAC) for the first time. 

The Storm trailed 25-24 with 7:18 left in the first half before a 10-0 run, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Caiola, gave Lake Erie a lead it would ultimately never relinquish. Caiola score 12 points and Wagers added 11 in the first half and LEC took a 38-26 lead into the locker room.

Wayne State (4-1) closed within three during the opening minutes of the second half, getting the score to 38-35 when Stefani Munro scored to cap a 9-0 run. 

But Caiola answered with a three-pointer on the Storm's next possession to kick start a 13-0 run that pushed the lead back into double figures where it stayed for much of the second half. 

The Warriors made a late push to get within four with 2:53 to play, but a three by senior guard Britt Busson and some solid free throw shooting enabled the Storm to pull away for the 10-point victory.

Lake Erie went 32-of-43 (74.4%) from the foul line to offset an otherwise poor shooting night from the field (21-of-59, 35.6%).  

Rogers, who reached the 1,000-point mark earlier this season against Salem International on Nov. 15, scored 20 points and pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds while blocking four shots. Wagers finished with 17 points and 10 boards for her second double-double of the year. She (13-of-16) and Caiola (8-of-10) combined to go 21-of-26 from the line. 

Phaebre Colbert led Wayne State with 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Deanna Compton also had a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. The Warriors totaled 49 boards, becoming the first team to outrebound Lake Erie this season (49-42). 

Paige Sickmiller scored 12 and Munro added 10 for the Warriors, who shot 43.5% (30-of-69) overall but were just two-of-13 from three-point range and only nine-of-19 from the foul line.