Cold shooting dooms Vikings in loss to Lake Forest

Lawrence women's basketball action Shonell Benjamin
Shonell Benjamin had eight points for the Vikings against Lake Forest.

APPLETON, Wis. -- A cold shooting night doomed the Lawrence University women's basketball team in a 75-46 Midwest Conference loss to Lake Forest College on Tuesday at Alexander Gymnasium.

Lawrence shot 27.1 percent from the floor and went just 1-for-15 from 3-point range. The Foresters shot 54.2 percent and pulled out to a 13-point lead at the half.

Kenya Earl paced Lawrence (5-16, 2-13 MWC) with 15 points, a game-high nine rebounds and two blocks. Shonell Benjamin and Karina Herrera added eight points apiece for the Vikings. Erin Hill picked up six points and five assists for Lawrence.

Jaianna Brooks came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points for Lake Forest (11-11, 10-5) as she went 10-for-14 from the floor.

The Foresters pulled away in the final seven minutes of the first half as they expanded their lead from six to 14 in a three-minute stretch. Lake Forest put together a quick 9-1 run to grab a 29-15 edge, and Hill's 3-pointer in the final seconds closed the advantage to 33-20 at the half.

The Vikings closed the lead to 36-26 with the help of four quick points by Benjamin, but Lake Forest followed with a 14-2 run to grab a 50-28 lead with 4:17 left in the third quarter. The Vikings were down 56-34 after three quarters, and Lake Forest outscored the Vikings 12-1 to start the fourth.

Lake Forest led by as many as 31 points, and Lawrence didn't get closer than 25 the rest of the way.