PAINESVILLE, Ohio – Sophomore forward Daiva Gerbec (Dublin, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) had a double-double in the first half and with finished 22 points and 18 rebounds and junior guard Jena Stutzman (Berlin, Ohio/Kent State) scored 23 points to lead the Eagles to a 84-71 win over Lake Erie at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center on Saturday (Dec. 11) afternoon.
The Eagles led by as many as 20 points in the first half, while Gerbec compiled 12 points and 10 rebounds and Stutzman had 13 points.
Lake Erie (2-4, 1-2 GLIAC) scored the first basket of the game, but never led after that as the Eagles went on a huge run to jump out to a 31-13 lead after a pair of free throw makes by Gerbec.
Stutzman scored eight of the last 10 points of the first stanza for the Eagles, who led at the break, 45-27.
The Eagles had some problems in the second half managing their large lead. The Storm was able to trim the lead down to nine points after a three-point play by Brittany Zele with 3:25 to play.
After that, though, the Eagles connected on 9-of-10 free throws to ice the game. For the game, Ashland was 24-for-28 (86 percent) from the charity stripe.
AU shot 43 percent from the field and limited Lake Erie to 34 percent shooting. The Storm missed nine of its first 10 shots in the game and missed its first seven three-pointers. LEC shot just 23 percent from the field in the first half.
Ashland could have held a larger lead than 18 points at halftime, but the Eagles turned the ball over 13 times in the half.
Senior guard Rachel Poorman (Zanesville, Ohio/Marysville) scored 12 points for AU and had a team-high five assists with two rebounds and a blocked shot. Gerbec had four steals and two blocks to go with her 22 points and 18 boards.
The Storm was led by Stephanie Rogers, who stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals, five blocks and two assists. Jen Caiola had 16 points and Sarah Wojciechowski added 12 for Lake Erie, which is in its first year in the GLIAC.
The Eagles will host Northwood on Thursday (Dec. 16) at 7:30 p.m. at Kates Gymnasium.
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