Wayne State’s men’s and women’s basketball both lost to Lake Erie at the Matthaei Sunday, with the women’s team suffering a 68-57 defeat and the men’s team falling to the Storm 77-67.
Men’s defense couldn’t hold back the Storm
The Warriors men’s team raced out to an early 7–2 lead and led 17–13 with ten minutes left in the opening half. Lake Erie would go on a 10–0 run to take a 23–17 lead with six minutes left before halftime.
The Warriors cut the deficit to 27–26 before the Storm went on a 10-1 run to take a 37–27 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the Storm maintained a double-digit lead before WSU made their final push, cutting the lead to 60–54 with 5:47 remaining in the game. Lake Erie would use a 10–4 run late to seal the victory.
After shooting eleven percent from the three-point line in the first half, the Storm shot 50 percent in the second half. Head coach David Greer said that WSU’s struggles guarding the perimeter opened up the backcourt opportunities for the opposition.
“We couldn’t keep them out of the lane so that caused us to (commit to the perimeter) and they hit those big threes every time we tried to make a little run and eventually we ran out of gas,” Greer said.
Sophomore guard Darian Owens-White led the offense with 15 points with junior guard Karim Murray and freshman guard Antonio Marshall each adding 14 points.
Greer said that as the team prepares for its next game, practice time is key for the team right now.
“Whenever you play a veteran team like the two teams we’ve played (so far), they’re going to take advantage of your weakness, so we just need a lot of practice time right now,” Greer said.
Women’s team led early, couldn’t hold on
The women Warriors used a 6–0 run to take an early 8–4 lead. After Lake Erie scored the next four points to tie the game, a layup by senior forward Paige Villemure gave WSU a 10–8 lead that they would hold for the rest of the quarter, and the Warriors would hold a 19–16 lead after the opening ten minutes.
Lake Erie opened the second quarter on a 9–0 run to pull ahead 25–19, and they held WSU scoreless for four minutes before a made basket by sophomore forward Tori Perez ended the drought. The Storm would maintain their lead for the remainder of the half and led 37-32 at the half.
The visitors used the third quarter to extend their lead to 52–36 with 3:40 remaining in the period before WSU ended the third on a 12–3 run to trail 55–48 heading to the final quarter.
A made basket by freshman guard Kate Sherwood cut WSU’s deficit to 56–52 with seven minutes remaining before Lake Erie scored seven consecutive points to extend their lead to 63–52 and pull away with the win.
After the game, head coach Carrie Lohr said that she’s hopeful that the team will find the right combination for the team to win games.
“Hopefully we can watch film and make some corrections, but also find that right combination to put on the court so we (can) have good chemistry,” Lohr said.
For the game, WSU shot 28 percent from the field (19-67) and shot nine percent from the three-point line (2-23). Junior guard Alex Matus and freshman guard Alexis Miller led the team with nine points.
Both Warriors squads are 0–2. The men’s team returns to action at the Matthaei Nov. 17 against Lewis University, and the women’s team will play their next three on the road before returning home Nov. 29 to face Ferris State.
Matt Williams is sports editor of The South End. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teaser photo by Mark Hicks. Header photo courtesy of WSU Athletics.