JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team took command in the second half Saturday and went on to a 68-56 Midwest Conference victory over Illinois College at Sherman Gymnasium.
Earl scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Reeves posted a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Hoesley drained four three-pointers on her way to 14 points, and Hill had 10 points and a game-high six assists.
Lawrence (4-11, 2-5 MWC) limited Illinois College star Brielle Greenleaf to 13 points and four rebounds.
The game was a back-and-forth affair until late in the third quarter when Lawrence took charge. The Vikings led 37-36 when Earl drained a three-pointer and Reeves followed with a jumper for a 42-36 edge. After McKenzie Skaggs hit a three-pointer for the Lady Blues, Lauren Deveikis countered with a jumper to give Lawrence a 44-39 edge after three periods.
Sydney Lett's layup to start the fourth quarter trimmed Lawrence's lead to 44-41, but the Vikings scored the game's next 10 points. Deveikis hit a jumper and Earl scored the next eight points to put Lawrence up 54-41 with 5:05 remaining.
Illinois College (4-10, 3-3) managed to get the lead down to single digits at 56-47 with 2:21 left, but Lawrence then sealed the victory at the foul line. The Vikings went 12-for-12 on free throws over the final 2:00 to clinch the win.
Lawrence went 20-for-24 at the line for the game. The Vikings also did a nice job defensively as they held Illinois College to 27.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 17.9 percent (5-28) from beyond the arc.