Lake Forest survives Lawrence upset bid

Lawrence's Shonell Benjamin (15) scored 22 points in the Vikings' loss at Lake Forest.
Lawrence's Shonell Benjamin (15) scored 22 points in the Vikings' loss at Lake Forest.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team missed a three-pointer at the buzzer Wednesday that would have tied it, and Lake Forest College held on for a 70-67 Midwest Conference win at the Sports and Recreation Center.

Shonell Benjamin had a double-double for the Vikings with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Kenya Earl also had 22 points and grabbed six rebounds for Lawrence (4-12, 2-6 MWC). Erin Hill added 15 points, five assists and three blocks for the Vikings.

Jaianna Brooks paced Lake Forest (7-9, 5-4) with 21 points and pulled down six rebounds.

The Vikings trailed by seven with just over a minute remaining when Hill drained a three-pointer to cut the lead to 66-62. After a steal by Nicole Cummins, Earl converted a three-point play with 43 seconds left to trim the margin to 66-65. 

Brooks hit a jumper and Benjamin followed with a layup to cut the lead to 68-67 with seven seconds remaining. The Vikings then fouled Brooks with five seconds left and she converted both three throws to put the Foresters up by three.

Benjamin raced up the court and fired up a three-pointer from the right wing that caromed off the rim at the buzzer.

The Vikings rallied more than once against Lake Forest. The Foresters led by 11 points in both the first and second quarters, but Lawrence got baskets late in the second quarter from Olivia Hoesley and Liz Jonjak to cut the lead to 38-31 at the half.

Lawrence got the lead down to two points multiple times in the third quarter before Lake Forest pulled back to a 50-45 lead after three. Lawrence tied it at 50-50 on a Benjamin layup early in the fourth quarter before Lake Forest rallied. 

The Foresters went on a 14-4 run to stretch the lead back to 64-54, but Lawrence got a jumper from Jonjak and a three-pointer from Earl to spark the final rally.