Late burst gives Northland tight victory over Lawrence

The Vikings dropped a 56-47 nonconference decision to Northland at Alexander Gymnasium.
The Vikings dropped a 56-47 nonconference decision to Northland at Alexander Gymnasium.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Northland College women's basketball team pulled away midway through the fourth quarter Friday and held on for a 56-47 nonconference victory over Lawrence University at Alexander Gymnasium.

Ashton Meadows led Northland (1-1) with 15 points and eight rebounds, and Katherine Taylor added 14 points.

Erin Hill paced the Vikings (0-2) with 12 points, and Olivia Hoesley and Kenya Earl added 11 points apiece. Leah Reeves handed out eight assists to go with five points and five rebounds for the Vikings, and Elena Gonzales had a team-high seven boards.

The game was tight throughout, and Lawrence tied the contest for the eighth time at 41-41 on Nicole Cummins' driving layup with 7:35 remaining. Taylor answered with a three-pointer to give Northland a 44-41 edge with 7:16 left.

Northland led by five when Hill buried a three-pointer with 5:37 left to cut the lead to 47-45, but Meadows answered with a three on the next possession to push the lead back to five. After a Lawrence miss, Meadows' layup gave Northland its biggest lead to that point at 52-45 with 4:51 left.

The teams then traded baskets and misses before Emily Wagner's jumper put the Lumberjills up 56-47 with 1:35 left. Lawrence missed a pair of three-pointers late and wasn't able to pull any closer.

Lawrence jumped out to an early lead and scored the final five points of the first quarter on a triple by Hill and Grace Minogue's layup for a 17-13 lead after one quarter. Northland led 24-22 late in the second quarter before jumpers by Reeves and Minogue gave Lawrence a 26-24 lead at the half.

The Vikings scored the first five points of the third quarter on Earl's jumper and Hoesley's three-pointer to grab their biggest lead of the game at 31-24. Northland chipped away and took a 37-36 lead with 1:07 left in the third before Hoesley buried a three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to give Lawrence a 39-37 lead after three periods.