Earl captures MWC Player of the Week honor

Kenya Earl Lawrence women's basketball action
Kenya Earl (34) was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University women's basketball star Kenya Earl was chosen as the Midwest Conference Player of the Week in the wake of another career scoring game.

Earl (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City), a junior forward, matched her career high with 30 points as the Vikings won in their only action of the week. In a 65-53 win over Maranatha Baptist University, Earl went 7-for-15 from the floor, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and went 14-for-16 from the foul line. Earl also added eight rebounds, one steal and one assist.

This marks the second time this season Earl has been chosen as the league's Player of the Week. She was also selected on Nov. 19 after the Vikings downed Carroll University in the season opener.

The 30 points matches Earl's career high from the Vikings' win over Carroll. The 14 free throws is the second-most in school history and marks the third time in her career that Earl has made at least 14 free throws in a game.

After scoring just two points in the first quarter, Earl scored 10 points in the second quarter as the Vikings rallied from 14 points down to a 30-28 lead at the half. Earl then scored 18 second-half points as the Vikings pulled away. 

With her performance, Earl moved into eighth place on Lawrence's career scoring list with 955 points. She is now just two points from moving past Kelly Mulcahy (956) and 11 points from passing Krista Tomter (965).

Lawrence returns to action on Tuesday when the Vikings play at the University of Northwestern (Minn.).