Lawrence downed by Red Hawks

Lawrence women's basketball action Shonell Benjamin
Shonell Benjamin had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists against Ripon.

RIPON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team dropped a 72-56 Midwest Conference decision at Ripon College on Wednesday.

A big fourth quarter was the difference as Ripon outscored the Vikings 24-12 over the final 10 minutes. 

Kenya Earl led Lawrence (4-8, 1-4 MWC) with 22 points, and she grabbed six rebounds. Shonell Benjamin added 14 points, pulled down a team-best seven rebounds and handed out a game-high five assists for the Vikings.

Kiana Fall led four Ripon players in double figures with 14 points. Ripon (9-3, 5-0) won the game at the foul line where the Red Hawks went 30-for-35. Lawrence shot just 16 free throws in the contest.

Lawrence led 17-16 after the first quarter thanks to Benjamin's layup in the final seconds of the period. Ripon led by as many as seven points in the second quarter, but Emma Carlson's jumper in the final minute cut the margin to 30-26 at the half.

Ripon pushed the lead to 46-38 in the third quarter, but the Vikings scored six consecutive points with the help of jumpers by Earl and Ashley Batac, to cut the margin to 46-44. 

After KJ Davis' jumper early in the fourth quarter cut Ripon's lead to 50-46, the Red Hawks scored the game's next six points to push the lead to 56-46. Lawrence cut the lead to eight points three times, the last after three consecutive points by Benjamin made the score 64-56 with 1:21 left.

Ripon then made eight consecutive free throws to close out the game.