Vikings start fast, roll to victory over Crown

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Leah Reeves scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds in Lawrence's 68-42 win over Crown.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team jumped out to a big early lead Saturday and cruised to a 68-42 nonconference victory over Crown College at Alexander Gymnasium.

It marked the first victory for first-year Lawrence head coach Riley Woldt.

Kenya Earl poured in a game-high 22 points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to pace the Vikings (1-2). Earl went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc and finished 6-for-12 from the floor.

Lawrence's Leah Reeves went 8-for-14 from the floor on her way to 16 points, and she added eight rebounds. Shonell Benjamin picked up 12 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings, and the bulk of Lawrence's assists went to Erin Hill and Liz Jonjak. Hill handed out seven assists, and Jonjak picked up five.

Damonyka Roberts led Crown (0-4) with 14 points, and Patricia Gibson had a team-high eight rebounds.

Lawrence raced out to a huge early lead and led 10-0 with 5:05 left in the opening quarter as Earl and Benjamin had four points apiece in that stretch. After a free throw got the Storm on the board, Lawrence ripped off eight consecutive points, six by Reeves, and led 18-1 late in the first.

The Vikings led 21-5 after the opening quarter and put together a 14-0 run to open the second period. Earl hit a pair of 3-pointers and Reeves and Benjamin had four points apiece as Lawrence built a 35-5 lead with 6:34 left in the first half.

Earl finished the first half by scoring the final five points to give Lawrence a 47-12 lead at the break.

Lawrence's defense limited Crown to 8.3 percent shooting from the floor in the first half as the Storm hit just 2-of-24 shots from the floor.

The Vikings opened the second half on a 7-2 run, capped by Earl's 3-pointer, to grab a 54-14 lead with 7:21 left in the third quarter. Lawrence led by as many as 42 at 60-18, and the Storm got no closer than the final margin of 26 points.