Vikings' comeback falls short at Webster

Lawrence women's basketball action Leah Reeves
Leah Reeves scored a game-high 14 points for the Vikings at Webster.

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team battled back from a double-digit deficit Sunday, but Webster University recovered late in the third quarter and went on to a 66-53 nonconference victory at Grant Gymnasium.

Lawrence was down by as many as 10 points early in the third quarter before trimming the margin to just two points. Webster went on a decisive scoring run in the final minutes of the third quarter and hung on for the win.

Leah Reeves scored 14 points to pace Lawrence (4-6), and Kenya Earl added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Vikings.

Addison Beussink came off the bench to record a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for Webster (7-3).

The Vikings were down 34-24 early in the third quarter when they went on a 12-4 run. Reeves scored six points in the outburst, and Earl capped the run with a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 38-36 with 4:33 remaining in the third.

The Gorloks then went on an 14-4 run to push the lead back to 52-40 before Liz Jonjak converted a pair of free throws for the Vikings, who trailed 52-42 heading to the fourth quarter.

Webster led by as many as 14 points early in the fourth quarter, and Lawrence didn't get closer than nine points the rest of the way.

The Vikings got off to a slow start and trailed 13-2 in the first quarter. Lawrence finally got things rolling and finished the first quarter on a 12-5 scoring run with Earl scoring six in that stretch to trim the lead to 18-14 after one.

The Gorloks built the lead back to 10 in the second quarter, and Lawrence trailed 32-24 at the half.

Lawrence had just 15 baskets for the game but collected 14 assists, including a team-best four by Erin Hill. The Vikings took advantage of opportunities at the foul line by hitting 23-of-32 from the stripe. Earl went 9-for-9 at the line, and Shonell Benjamin was 4-for-4.