Big third quarter leads Lakeland past Lawrence

Kenya Earl led Lawrence with 18 points in the Vikings' loss at Lakeland.
Kenya Earl led Lawrence with 18 points in the Vikings' loss at Lakeland.

PLYMOUTH, Wis. -- The Lakeland College women's basketball team pulled away in the third quarter Tuesday and went on to a 66-53 nonconference victory over Lawrence University at Woltzen Gymnasium.

Kenya Earl scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down six rebounds to pace Lawrence (0-3). Olivia Hoesley added 13 points and five rebounds, and Nicole Cummins had 10 points and five rebounds for the Vikings.

Amanda Majewski paced Lakeland (3-2) with 17 points and was one of four Muskies to score in double figures.

Lawrence trailed 17-7 after the opening quarter, but the Vikings went on a 16-3 run to open the second period. Erin Hill hit a pair of three-pointers, Cummins added five points and Hoesley buried a triple to cap the outburst and give Lawrence a 23-20 lead with 5:30 left in the first half.

The Vikings built their biggest lead at 28-22 on Elena Gonzales' jumper with 2:08 left, but Miranda Jacobson and Majewski both hit three-pointers to force a 28-28 tie at the half.

Lakeland then opened the second half by scoring eight consecutive points, including four by Jacobson, to take a 36-28 lead. Lawrence immediately trimmed the lead back to 36-33 after a three-pointer by Hoesley and a jumper from Earl.

Momentum swung back to the Muskies as Lakeland scored the next seven points, the final four coming from Megan Will, to grab a 45-33 lead. Lawrence never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.