APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team rallied in the second half Saturday, but Knox College responded and pulled away to a 68-58 Midwest Conference victory at Alexander Gymnasium.
Kenya Earl had another big game for Lawrence as she scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Earl went 8-for-15 from the floor and converted 9-of-11 free throws. Shonell Benjamin came off the bench to add 10 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings (1-4, 1-1 MWC).
Jarrelyn McCall paced Knox (4-1, 1-1) with 17 points, and Kyra Huffman added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Knox led 38-28 at the half, but the Vikings kept chipping away at the advantage during the third quarter. The teams traded baskets as the lead hovered between seven and five points during the final four minutes f the quarter.
Erin Hill pulled the Vikings to within four at 50-46 when she buried a three-pointer with 37 seconds left. Knox then got an off-balance jumper from Karlie Thorn in the final seconds of the quarter to push the lead back to 52-46 after three.
The Prairie Fire opened the fourth quarter with baskets from Thorn and Huffman and a free throw from Morgan Potter to stretch the lead to 57-46 with 7:02 left. Lawrence never got closer than eight points after that.