Lawrence falls short against Prairie Fire

Lawrence women's basketball action Delaney Brooks
Delaney Brooks scored 14 points to lead the Vikings against Knox.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team rallied twice in the second half Wednesday, but Knox College turned back the Vikings and held on for a 67-55 Midwest Conference win at Alexander Gymnasium.

First-year guard Delaney Brooks came off the bench to lead the Vikings with a career-high 14 points as she hit four 3-pointers. Fellow first-year player Emma Carlson added a career-high 12 points and six rebounds for Lawrence (2-2, 0-1 MWC). Standout Lawrence forward Kenya Earl was held to eight points, and she pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Kyra Huffman led Knox (4-2, 1-0) with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Lawrence struggled in the opening half and shot just 24.1 percent from the floor and committed 14 turnovers as Knox built a 32-18 lead at the break.

The Vikings bounced back in the third quarter and opened the period on a 12-6 run. Carlson and Liz Jonjak both buried 3-pointers, and Erin Hill capped the outburst with a jumper to trim the lead to 38-30 with 4:58 left in the third.

Knox managed to push the lead back to 50-36, but Ashley Batac drilled a triple for the Vikings and Lawrence trailed 51-39 after three quarters.

The Prairie Fire led 56-42 early in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings got consecutive basketball from Brooks, Carlson and Earl to cut the margin to 56-48 with 4:07 left.

An odd play that turned into a five-point possession then helped Knox pull away. Huffman scored on a layup and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but an inadvertent whistle on the play gave the ball back to Knox. Saxon Alvarez hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and Knox led 61-48.

Lawrence didn't get closer than 12 points the rest of the way.