Lawrence rally comes up short against Knox

Lawrence women's basketball action Leah Reeves
Lawrence's Leah Reeves scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Knox.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit Saturday, but Knox College hung on for a 59-48 Midwest Conference victory at Alexander Gymnasium.

Lawrence trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter before the Vikings cut the margin to three early in the fourth. Knox then pulled away in the final four minutes for the victory.

Kenya Earl scored a team-best 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Vikings (4-7, 1-4 MWC). Leah Reeves added 12 points and a team-best nine rebounds. Arianna Neumeyer came off the bench to chip in with seven points, four rebounds and three steals for Lawrence. The game marked the basketball debut for Neumeyer, who was a four-time all-conference volleyball selection for the Vikings.

Jarrelyn McCall led Knox (7-5, 4-1) and all scorers with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Karlie Thorn hit four 3-pointers on her way to 12 points for the Prairie Fire.

Knox led 33-22 after Thorn hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter, but the Vikings battled back. Over the next eight minutes, Lawrence outscored Knox 13-5 to trim the margin to 38-35 with 9:36 left in the game. Earl scored five points in that stretch, Reeves added four and Neumeyer buried a 3-pointer.

Knox gradually pushed the lead to 48-34 before Neumeyer hit another 3-pointer to cut the margin to 48-41 with 3:19 left. Thorn answered with a 3-pointer for Knox, and Lawrence couldn't draw any closer.

The Vikings got off to a slow start in the contest but rallied in the second quarter. Lawrence trailed 19-5 with 9:42 left in the opening half, but the Vikings answered with a 17-7 run. Earl scored eight points during that stretch and capped the run with a 3-pointer to trim the lead to 26-22 with 2:52 left in the first half.

Knox led 28-22 at the break.