Lawrence downed by Red Hawks

Lawrence women's basketball action Kenya Earl
Lawrence's Kenya Earl (34) scored a game-high 17 points against Ripon.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University women's basketball team endured a cold shooting night Saturday in a 65-54 Midwest Conference loss to Ripon College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Lawrence shot just 29.6 percent for the game but hung in against the Red Hawks by outscoring Ripon at the foul line.

Kenya Earl scored a game-high 17 points for the Vikings (5-16, 2-12 MWC) and added eight rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Rookie guard Delaney Brooks added 11 points for Lawrence as she hit three 3-pointers.

Lawrence's Shonell Benjamin had nine points to go with a team-best 10 rebounds, and rookie guard KJ Davis had nine points, six rebounds and four assists.

Skyylar Brescia came off the bench to lead Ripon (16-5, 12-2) with 14 points, and Megan Dille collected a game-high 11 rebounds.

Lawrence got off to a slow start and trailed 16-7 after one quarter, but the Vikings rallied in the second period. Lawrence traded baskets with the Red Hawks before a pair of Earl free throws and Erin Hill's layup cut the lead to 28-25 with 43 seconds left in the half. Ripon led 30-26 at the break.

Ripon scored the first eight points of the second half to stretch the lead to 38-26. Ripon slowly built the margin and led 52-34 after three quarters.

The Vikings chipped away at the lead and cut the margin to 56-43 after Earl's 3-pointer with 4:29 remaining. Ripon pushed the lead all the way to 64-44 before Lawrence outscored the Red Hawks 10-1 to finish the game.