Vikings fall to St. Norbert

Lawrence women's basketball action Kenya Earl
Lawrence's Kenya Earl was a first-team All-Midwest Conference selection.

APPLETON, Wis. -- A late scoring outburst was the difference Thursday as Lawrence University dropped a 61-48 Midwest Conference decision to St. Norbert College at Alexander Gymnasium.

St. Norbert scored 11 consecutive points to break a tie, and the Vikings never got closer than seven points down the stretch.

Kenya Earl paced Lawrence with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Shonell Benjamin and Karina Herrera added nine points apiece for the Vikings (5-14, 2-11 MWC).

Macie Zurfluh paced St. Norbert (8-12, 7-6) with 19 points and nine rebounds. Sarah Ratajczyk added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Green Knights.

St. Norbert led by as many as nine points in the second quarter, but the Vikings scored nine straight points, including four by Leah Reeves, to trim the margin to 24-22. St. Norbert led 27-24 at the half, but the Vikings quickly tied the game at 27-27 on Earl's three-point play early in the third quarter.

The game stayed tight, and it was Earl's jumper that tied the game at 44-44 with 8:30 left in the fourth quarter. The Green Knights then scored 11 straight, the final five by Zurfluh, to take a 55-44 lead.

Lawrence closed to 55-48 on Earl's 3-pointer with 1:29 left, but St. Norbert went 6-for-8 from the foul line in the final 1:02 to seal the win.