February 14, 2013 - Thanks to a balanced and steady offense and a stingy second-half defense, the Hillsdale College women's basketball team improved to 9-12 on the season with a 68-52 win over Lake Erie College Thursday night at Jesse Philips Arena.
Although the Chargers are three games under .500 for the season, they have found a nice groove playing at home. In the 2013 calendar year, Hillsdale is 5-1 in home games, with the lone loss coming by six points to the University of Findlay. That same Oilers team defeated the No. 1 team in the nation, Ashland, 66-51 Thursday night.
Twelve different players scored for Hillsdale College in the win.
The Chargers took control of the game over the final eight minutes of the first half. The teams were tied at 17 apiece with 8:17 left in the half. From that point, Hillsdale finished the half on a 19-6 flourish, carrying a 36-23 lead into halftime. Sophomore Brooke Borowski, the team's leading scorer on the night, scored 12 of the team's 19 points during that run, nailing three 3-point baskets.
The second half saw Hillsdale hold Lake Erie scoreless for more than six minutes, while growing its lead to as large as 23 points. The Chargers held the Storm to 36 percent field goal shooting in the game, and had a huge edge on the boards, outrebounding Lake Erie 52-30. It was the second time in three games, and fourth time this season, Hillsdale had at least 50 rebounds as a team.
Sophomore center Megan Fogt was somewhat limited due to foul trouble, but had a dominant 16 minutes on the floor with 11 points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot. She made her first five straight shots from the field.
Junior Allyson Lloyd has seen her playing time increase of late, and she showed why with a strong contribution in this game. In a career-high 20 minutes off the bench, she had six points, seven rebounds and three steals and did a nice job of using her passing ability and strength to help control the interior at both ends of the floor.
Sophomore Kadie Lowery added nine points for the Chargers. Hillsdale will play at home against the aforementioned Ashland University Eagles at 3 p.m. Saturday.