Lakers unable to mount comeback against Oilers, fall 75-63

Photo Courtesy Kati Doty
Photo Courtesy Kati Doty

FINDLAY, Ohio - A strong second half showing was not enough for Lake Superior State women's basketball to overcome a 17 point halftime deficit as the Lakers fell 75-63 on the road against Findlay Saturday (Dec. 10) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

The Lakers (2-7, 1-2 GLIAC) fell behind by 10 points following the first quarter, in which the team combined for just seven points. The Oilers (5-5, 1-3 GLIAC) used a 17-6 run through the waning minutes of the second quarter to attain their largest lead of the game, 21 points, with 1:33 remaining in the first half.

The Lakers outscored the Findlay 27-16 in the third period and cut the Oiler lead to six points in the final seconds on a made jumper by Natalie Peterson. Seven of Peterson's 13 points came in the third quarter alone as she paced the Lakers offensively by going 2-for-2 from the field and making all three of her free throw attempts in the quarter. The junior forward also contributed four of her season-high eight rebounds in the third quarter and led all players in rebounding.

The Oilers used a 12-4 run through much of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. During the six minute stretch Peterson hit the only two made shots for the Lakers.

Senior guard Mackenzie Edwards led all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor including going 5-for-8 from three point range.

Freshman forward Lexie Khon contributed a season-high 14 points off the bench and also tallied five rebounds.

Jenna Stegmaier and Lynsey Englebrecht each scored 11 points to lead Findlay scorers as the Oilers received depth scoring throughout the lineup. Haley Horstman scored 10 points to round out the Oilers reaching double digits in scoring.

The Oilers bench outscored LSSU 33-21.

The Lakers return home next week for a pair of GLIAC contests beginning with Lake Erie at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 15), followed by a Saturday (Dec. 17) matchup with Walsh at 1 p.m., before closing the 2016 portion of their schedule on Monday, Dec. 18, with a nonconference game against cross-river rivals Algoma at 1 p.m.