Monmouth hangs on to down Vikings

Lawrence's Olivia Hoesley (10) scored 14 points in the Vikings' loss at Monmouth.
Lawrence's Olivia Hoesley (10) scored 14 points in the Vikings' loss at Monmouth.

MONMOUTH, Ill. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team trimmed a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to three on Saturday, but Monmouth College recovered to hold on for a 59-54 Midwest Conference victory at Glennie Gymnasium.

Kenya Earl led Lawrence (7-16, 5-9 MWC) and all scorers with 22 points, and she grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Olivia Hoesley added 14 points and drained four three-pointers for the Vikings.

Keri Dodson paced Monmouth (8-15, 5-9) with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Monmouth built a 50-33 lead after three quarters, but the Vikings needed just 3:31 of the fourth to cut that lead to single digits. Lawrence scored the first eight points of the period with the run capped by a Hoesley three-pointer and an Earl three-point play to slice the margin to 50-41.

Monmouth's Izy Todd stopped the outburst with a layup, but the Vikings then scored eight consecutive points. Hoesley hit another three-pointer and Earl finished the run with four consecutive free throws to cut the lead to 52-49 with 2:57 remaining.

Back-to-back baskets from Dodson pushed Monmouth's lead back to 56-49, but Hoesley hit a three-pointer with 53 seconds left to cut the lead to 56-52.

Lawrence was forced to foul, and Monmouth missed a pair of free throws with 26 seconds remaining. Earl then missed a three-pointer as she was knocked to the floor on the play, and Monmouth grabbed the rebounds.

Two free throws by Shayne Smith with 13 seconds left sealed the win for the Scots.