Vikings surge past Cornell in OT

Lawrence women's basketball action Leah Reeves
Leah Reeves posted a double-double in Lawrence's win over Cornell.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team scored the first seven points of overtime on Saturday and went on to a 64-57 Midwest Conference victory over Cornell College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Kenya Earl scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead three Vikings in double figures. Senior Leah Reeves, playing in her final home game, posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Vikings (6-16, 3-13 MWC).

Lawrence's Erin Hill added 11 points, picked up a game-high seven assists and had five rebounds. Shonell Benjamin and Grace Minogue scored eight points apiece for Lawrence, which swept the season series from the Rams.

Rose Shomaoka led Cornell (6-15, 6-10) with 16 points.

In the overtime, the teams traded missed shots before Earl converted a three-point play to put the Vikings up 58-55 with 2:11 left. Cornell had a turnover and the teams traded missed shots before Reeves hit a pair of free throws with 1:08 left for a 60-55 edge.

After Cornell's Alison Kelly missed a 3-pointer, Reeves was fouled again and hit another free throw with 55 seconds left for a 61-55 lead. After another missed triple by Kelly, Grace Minogue was fouled and hit another free throw for a 62-55 lead with 40 seconds remaining.

The Rams tried two more 3-pointers but came up empty before Shimaoka hit a jumper to cut the lead to 62-57 with 19 seconds left. Benjamin was fouled and she drained two free throws with 17 seconds left for the final margin.

Lawrence led by as many as six points in the first quarter before Cornell rallied and pulled out to a 32-24 lead at the half. Cornell pushed the lead to as many as 11 points in the third quarter, but the Vikings rallied late in the third.

Lawrence finished the third quarter on an 8-3 run, capped by four consecutive points by Earl, to trim the lead to 45-41 after three. Benjamin opened the fourth quarter with a driving layup and Earl and Reeves both added free throws to tie the game at 45-45 with 7:06 left.

The teams traded the lead, and Reeves tied it at 52-52 with a jumper at the 3:43 mark. Reeves then converted a three-point play to put the Vikings up 55-52 with 2:43 left. The teams then traded misses before Shimaoka hit a 3-pointer with 1:49 left to tie it.

The teams again traded misses but Cornell had the ball with the game tied, but Mo Kempiak missed a baseline jumper at the buzzer that would have won it for the Rams.