APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team's late rally came up short Wednesday in a 64-54 Midwest Conference loss to Lake Forest College at Alexander Gymnasium.
The Vikings cut a 10-point deficit in half with three minutes left but five consecutive turnovers down the stretch allowed Lake Forest to pull away.
Lawrence's Kenya Earl posted her 15th career double-double as she collected game highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Earl went 5-for-10 from the floor and 11-for-11 from the foul line. Shonell Benjamin added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings (4-10, 1-6 MWC), and KJ Davis had seven points and four rebounds.
It was a rough shooting night for the Vikings, who made just 11-of-47 shots (23.4 percent) from the field. Lawrence stayed in the game by being superb at the foul line as the Vikings went 31-for-38 (81.6 percent) from the stripe. Lake Forest was whistled for 30 fouls and had three players foul out.
Kaley Sheehan led Lake Forest (7-7, 4-3) with 19 points, and Kelsey Burton had nine points and 11 rebounds.
Lawrence trailed by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but the Vikings got four straight points from Benjamin to trim the margin to 35-27 at the half.
The Vikings opened the second half on a 7-1 run as Davis scored five points and Benjamin added the other two to trim the lead to 35-34 early in the third quarter. Lake Forest scored the last five points of the third quarter and first two of the fourth to pull out to a 53-43 edge.
Lawrence was still down by double digits at 59-49 with 5:38 left when the Vikings rallied. The Vikings scored the game's next five points, capped by a pair of Earl free throws, to cut the margin to 59-54 with 2:55 remaining.
The Vikings then turned the ball on five straight possessions as Lake Forest pushed the lead back to 10 points to seal the victory.