Lake Erie wins at buzzer
Cianchetti hits game-winner to lift Storm past Grand Valley State
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Cate Cianchetti hit a buzzer-beating jumper from the right elbow to give Lake Erie (16-6, 10-5 GLIAC) a 75-73 road victory against Grand Valley State (9-14, 6-10 GLIAC) at the GVSU Fieldhouse.
It appeared that Lake Erie would have a much easier path to victory as it led by 11 with 2:28 to play before a 12-1 Grand Valley run brought the Lakers back to even and set up the dramatic finish. However, Lake Erie did not command the entire way as GVSU led nearly the entire first half and held a nine-point advantage at the break before the Storm opened the second half on a 33-8 run.
For most of the game it was Cianchetti's high school teammate, Alyssa Wagers who carried the Storm with one of her best career all-around performances. Wagers had game-highs of 21 points, nine rebounds and six steals and added a team-high five assists in 30 minutes of action.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Edinboro 62, Slippery Rock 39|
|No. 3 Wayne State (Neb.) 55, Northern St. 50|
|No. 4 Clayton State 65, North Georgia 59|
|No. 5 Ashland 66, No. 25 Ferris State 56|
|No. 7 Bentley 54, Southern New Hampshire 53|
|No. 9 Washburn 75, Southwest Baptist 49|
|No. 10 Pittsburg State 78, Lincoln (Mo.) 73|
|No. 11 Rollins 86, Saint Leo 50|
|No. 13 Arkansas Tech 86, East Central 68|
|No. 14 Northeastern St. (Okla.) 70, C. Oklahoma 57|
|No. 15 USC-Aiken 58, UNC-Pembroke 44|
|No. 17 Lander 66, Flagler 45|
|No. 18 Gannon 81, Clarion 60|
|No. 19 UW-Parkside 83, Ky. Wesleyan 69|
|No. 20 Indiana (Pa.) 65, Mercyhurst 57|
|Dowling 61, No. 23 District of Columbia 42|
|No. 24 Johnson C. Smith 68, St. Augustine's 49|
Wagers was forced to the bench multiple times with foul trouble as was Stephanie Rogers. Rogers played just six minutes in the first half but scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half and added seven rebounds. Jen Caiola contributed 15 points, including four three-pointers, and Cianchetti finished with 10 points.
Grand Valley State was ahead 7-6 with just under six minutes gone by when Rogers picked up her second foul and was forced to the bench for the rest of the half. The Lakers scored the next eight points to extend the lead to 15-6 briefly led by double digits at 19-9 with 9:19 to play in the half.
Lake Erie responded with a 9-0 run, with Wagers scoring the final points of the run with four of her 11 free throw makes of the day. The Storm briefly led at 23-22 after five consecutive points by Caiola but GVSU scored 10 points in a row, helped by Wagers being forced to the bench with her second foul, and the Lakers took a 39-30 advantage to the half.
With the starting five back on the floor, Lake Erie opened with the second half with the first five points and took the lead at 46-44 on a three-point play by Wagers at 14:30. The Green and White scored five more consecutive points to extend that run to 21-4 on a Rogers jumper at 12:34. Their lead reached double-figures for the first time at 10:01 on a Caiola three and would be extended to a game-high 16 points on three occasions, the final via a Rogers jumper with 5:56 to go.
Lake Erie seemed to have things in control when a three-pointer by Britt Busson put the Storm ahead 72-61 with 2:28 to play but GVSU scored 10 points on its next four possessions to make the score 72-71 with 20 seconds to play. The Lakers fouled Caiola who split the pair of free throws and GVSU's Briauna Taylor tied the game with a layup with six seconds to go. Lake Erie took a pair of timeouts to set up Cianchetti's game-winning 15-footer.
The Lakers outshot the Storm by a significant edge (54.3 percent--43.9 percent) but Lake Erie had just seven turnovers while forcing Grand Valley State to commit 18. This led to a 31-6 edge in points off turnovers for the Storm.