Lawrence grinds out win over Bucs

Lawrence women's basketball action Grace Minogue
Grace Minogue picked up eight points in Lawrence's win over Beloit.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team used a big second quarter Saturday to take control and went on to a 53-39 Midwest Conference victory over Beloit College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Kenya Earl led Lawrence (3-2, 1-1 MWC) and all scorers with 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Erin Hill added 11 points, a team-high six rebounds and a team-high four assists for the Vikings. Grace Minogue chipped in with eight points, and Liz Jonjak recorded four steals for Lawrence.

Kelly Loudon paced Beloit (1-6, 0-2) with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Lawrence defense limited Beloit to 31.8 percent shooting, including 18.2 percent (4-22) from beyond the arc, and forced 24 turnovers. Every player for Beloit had at least one turnover, and the Vikings forced multiple shot-clock violations.

The game was tied after the opening quarter, and Lawrence led 15-14 when Earl converted a three-point play and Emma Carlson added a pair of free throws for a 20-14 edge. The Vikings were still up by six when Karina Herrera buried a 3-pointer for a 26-17 lead at the half.

The Vikings opened the second half by scoring 10 consecutive points to send the Bucs reeling. Minogue hit a jumper to get it started, and Earl followed with a 3-pointer. Minogue then convered a three-point play, and Carlson followed with a jumper for a 36-17 lead.

Beloit chipped away at the lead and trimmed the margin to 39-27 after three quarters, but Minogue opened the fourth with a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 42-27. Beloit cut the lead back to 12, but Hill then put the game out of reach.

Hill scored five consecutive points on a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws, and KJ Davis followed with a driving layup to give the Vikings a 49-30 lead to seal the victory. Beloit never got closer than the final margin after that.