(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) - Career games by Maggie Berry (Sr., 6-0, Cleveland, OH/St. Joseph) and Sarah Stephenson (So., 6-0, New Philadelphia, OH/HS) led Walsh to an 86-70 victory over Lake Erie Saturday afternoon. Both players heated up the Storm's (6-10, 1-9) northeast Ohio campus by shooting a combined 56 percent from the floor. The Cavaliers (6-10, 2-8) broke a six-game losing streak with the win.
After some early back and forth action, Audrey Badovick (Jr., 5-7, Norwalk, OH/St. Paul) scored a layup to put the Cavs up 12-11 with 13:23 left in the first half. Walsh never trailed the rest of the way. Still, the Storm did not give up and remained competitive throughout the half.
Walsh began to take full control after Berry hit a 3-pointer to make the score 56-43 with 13:50 to play in the second half. It was the start of a 10-0 run that also concluded with another Berry bomb from beyond the arc that put the Cavs up 20 with 10:22 left to play.
Lake Erie eventually cut the deficit to 12 on a few occasions, but each time the Cavs responded and didn't let the Storm get any closer.
In total, Berry was 7-of-14 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point land for a total of 22 points. Her previous game high of 21 points came just over a year ago at Ferris State on January 5. Stephenson also had the hot hands as she was 7-of-11 from the field with four 3-pointers for 20 points, all of which were career highs. Her previous high point total of 10 points also came at Lake Erie a season ago.
Overall, Walsh made 12 3-pointers and shot 49 percent (28-of-57) from the field for the game. Walsh also controlled the boards with a 45-34 advantage in the rebounding department. Both teams had 13 offensive rebounds, but the Cavs made the most of theirs and limited the Storm's with an 11-2 advantage on second chance points.
Walsh will return to action as hosts to Ohio Dominican on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.