After a tough loss on Jan. 26 to Ashland University, the Wayne State women’s basketball team responded two days later with a 67-64 win against Lake Erie College (13-5, 7-4 GLIAC).
The Warriors were down by seven at halftime 31-24 and never led for the entire first half due to cold shooting (33 percent). But then they showed heart the next half. With a baseline triple by guard Paige Sickmiller with 15:25 remaining, WSU grabbed the lead for the first time. That triggered an 11-0 run by the Warriors.
With WSU leading 52-41 under 9:30 left in the game, a few minutes later Lake Erie went on a 6-0 run and cut the lead 56-50 to put pressure back on the Warriors with 5:30 to go.
Freshman Chelsea Williams made a bucket and then Lena Thomas scored a fast break layup putting the Warriors ahead 64-55 with just 3:25 left.
But Lake Erie refused to go away by scoring seven consecutive points to cut the Warriors lead to just two with under two minutes remaining. Both offenses became stagnant on their following two possessions. But then Ameila Davis made a free throw with 17.2 seconds followed by Stephanie Rogers making a clutch basket with 8.8 seconds giving the Warriors a 65-64 lead. Thomas then sank two free throws to extend WSU’s lead 67-64 with 7.2 seconds remaining.
Lake Erie had a final chance to tie the game but Cate Cianchetti stepped out of bounds with one second left to secure the Warriors win.
Forward Deanna Crumpton led the attack scoring a game-high 21 points. Forward Phaebre Colbert had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Sickmiller chipped in with 11 points.
After starting the game off cold—WSU shot 47 percent from the field in the second half.
Wayne State next plays on Feb. 2 at Northern Michigan and Feb. 4 at Michigan Tech.