Late surge lifts Grinnell over Vikings

Lawrence's Kenya Earl posted a double-double in the Vikings' loss at Grinnell.
Lawrence's Kenya Earl posted a double-double in the Vikings' loss at Grinnell.

GRINNELL, Iowa -- The Grinnell College women's basketball team pulled away in the final five minutes Saturday and posted a 69-57 Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence University at Darby Gymnasium.

Grinnell (4-5, 1-3 MWC) was clinging to a two-point lead with 5:30 left in the game when the Pioneers scored 14 consecutive points to seal the victory. 

Iowa native Kenya Earl turned in a great game for the Vikings in her home state. The rookie forward posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Vikings (2-6, 1-2). 

Lawrence's Shonell Benjamin added 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Erin Hill chipped with 10 points, and Olivia Hoesley added nine for the Vikings. 

Kayla Morrissey also had a double-double for Grinnell with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Morrissey made a living at the foul line as she converted 12-of-13 from the stripe.

The Pioneers enjoyed a big advantage at the foul line as they went 22-for-33 as Lawrence was called for 26 fouls. Grinnell was whistled for only 16 fouls as Lawrence went 12-for-18 from the line.