Late spurt pushes Foresters past Lawrence

Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lake Forest College women’s basketball team used a late run to carve out a 60-46 Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence University on Wednesday at Alexander Gymnasium.

Liz Radtke paced Lake Forest (6-7, 4-4 MWC) with 14 points and tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds. Michelle Ricolcol and Gina Ambrose added 11 points apiece.

Patsy Kealey came off the bench and scored a team-best 12 points for Lawrence (1-11, 0-7). Alex Deshler added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings.

The Foresters were clinging to a one-point lead but went on a 12-0 run to seize command late in the contest.

Lawrence trailed by as many as eight points in the first half, but late layups, including one by Kealey at the buzzer, cut the lead to 29-26 at the half.

The Foresters pushed the lead back to as many as nine points early in the second half, but Lawrence chipped away at the advantage. Lawrence trailed 40-33 when Kealey hit back-to-back baskets to cut the margin to 40-37.

After a Katie Schumacher jumper, Ambrose countered with a pair of free throws for the Foresters. Cathy Kaye then buried a 3-pointer to cut Lake Forest’s lead to 43-42 with 9:23 left in the game.

Lake Forest then scored the game’s next 12 points, including a bank-in 3-pointer from Ricolcol, and held the Vikings scoreless for nearly eight minutes. Kealey finally stopped the run with a pair of free throws with 1:43 left, but Lake Forest had a 55-44 lead and had sealed the win at that point.

Lake Forest enjoyed a huge advantage at the foul line. The Foresters were whistled for only seven fouls and went 19-for-25 from the free-throw line. Lawrence was called for 19 fouls and made the only two free throws it attempted.

The Vikings return to action on Saturday when they travel to Grinnell College.

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