Vikings drop season opener at Northland

Lawrence women's basketball Shonell Benjamin
Shonell Benjamin scored 10 points in Lawrence's loss at Northland.

ASHLAND, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team surrendered 14 consecutive points in the fourth quarter, and Northland College pulled away for a 58-42 nonconference win on Sunday at Kendrigan Gymnasium.

Karina Herrera, playing in her first college game, led Lawrence with 11 points and eight rebounds. Shonell Benjamin added 10 points for the Vikings on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor. Lawrence star Kenya Earl was limited to eight points, and she grabbed seven rebounds.

Lawrence had led for large portions of the game, and it was Earl's jumper that gave the Vikings a 17-10 lead in the first quarter.

The Vikings went cold in the second quarter and scored just five points. Despite that, the Vikings only trailed 23-22 at the half. Lawrence came out strong in the third quarter and the teams traded the lead before the Lumberjills scored the final four points of the period for a 40-36 lead.

Northland (1-1) pulled out to a 44-38 lead before Herrera hit a pair of free throws with 6:23 remaining. The Lumberjills then scored 14 straight points and got a pair of 3-pointers in that run from Katherine Taylor to seal the win.

Taylor finished with a game-high 16 points for Northland.