Lawrence falls to Prairie Fire

Kenya Earl Lawrence women's basketball action
Kenya Earl had a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds at Knox.

GALESBURG, Ill. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team dropped a 59-47 Midwest Conference decision to Knox College on Tuesday at Memorial Gymnasium.

The Vikings were held to their second-lowest offensive output of the season but were in the game until the final minute when the Prairie Fire finally pulled away.

Lawrence star Kenya Earl was limited to 12 points, but she also pulled down 14 rebounds and collected three steals. Shonell Benjamin added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings (5-11, 2-7 MWC). Erin Hill and Ashley Batac picked up six points apiece for the Vikings.

Jarrelyn Mccall led Knox (9-7, 4-5) with 12 points, and Catessa Duran had 13 rebounds.

Lawrence trailed 36-27 in the third quarter when KJ Davis hit back-to-back jumpers and Emma Carlson followed with another jumper to trim Knox's lead to 36-35. Knox responded by scoring the next 11 points and led 47-35 early in the fourth.

Earl's jumper finally ended the run, and the Vikings got a free throw from Earl and a jumper from Benjamin to cut the lead to 47-40 with 4:52 remaining. 

The teams traded baskets before a three-point play by Earl cut the margin to 51-45 with 1:16 remaining. That's as close as Lawrence would get as Knox went 8-for-10 from the foul line in the final minute to seal the win.

The Vikings, who average 19.8 free throw attempts per game, were hurt by a lack of trips to the line. Lawrence went just 4-for-5 from the line during the game.