Short-handed Vikings fall to Northwestern

KJ Davis (13) had eight points and nine rebounds at Northwestern. (Photo courtesy Ryan Coleman/D3photography.com)
KJ Davis (13) had eight points and nine rebounds at Northwestern. (Photo courtesy Ryan Coleman/D3photography.com)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team battled hard for three quarters Tuesday before the University of Northwestern-St. Paul pulled away for a 68-54 nonconference victory at the Ericksen Center.

Rookie guard Delaney Brooks scored 11 points to lead the Vikings (4-3), who played without their two leading scorers, Kenya Earl and Erin Hill. Shonell Benjamin added 10 points and five rebounds for Lawrence, and Emma Carlson had nine points and six rebounds. KJ Davis grabbed a team-best nine rebounds to go with eight points for the Vikings.

Megan Roberts led Northwestern (6-6) with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Lawrence scored eight consecutive points, capped by a Brooks 3-pointer and a Carlson jumper, to take an 11-4 lead midway through the first quarter. The Eagles bounced back to lead 16-15 after the first quarter.

Northwestern started to pull away in the second quarter and grabbed its biggest lead of the first half when it went up 32-25 at halftime. The Eagles expanded that lead to 55-35 late in the third quarter, but Lawrence responded.

The Vikings scored the final eight points of the quarter, and Brooks finished the run with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer in the final second to cut the lead to 55-43 heading to the fourth quarter.

That's as close as the Vikings would get as Northwestern hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter and never led by less than the final margin of 14 points.