LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Lawrence University women’s basketball team took Lake Forest College to the limit on Tuesday, but the Foresters hung on for a 62-58 Midwest Conference victory.
Liz Radtke paced Lake Forest (12-10, 10-7 MWC) with 12 points and a game-high eight assists, and Michelle Ricolcol added 11 points.
Patsy Kealey scored a career-high 23 points and picked up her first double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds for Lawrence (2-20, 1-16).
Kealey, whose previous career high of 16 points was last week against Beloit College, went 7-for-15 from the floor and was 5-for-8 from 3-point range. Amber Lisowe added 19 points and a team-best five assists for the Vikings.
Lake Forest led 30-27 at the half, but Kealey tied it when she hit a 3-pointer to open the second half. The Vikings then grabbed a 32-30 lead on Cathy Kaye’s jumper.
Lake Forest took the lead back, and the Foresters built the lead to as many as 10 points before the Vikings rallied late. Kealey hit one free throw and Lisowe added two more to trim the lead to 61-54 with 1:58 left. After a Lake Forest miss, Lisowe followed with a 3-pointer and it was 61-57 with 1:11 remaining.
After a Lake Forest turnover, Kealey made one free throw with 35 seconds left to cut the margin to 61-58. The Vikings were forced to foul and Ricolcol missed the front end of the bonus with 14 seconds left.
Lawrence got an open layup on the other end but missed the shot. Lake Forest took possession, and Courtney Faulstick made one free throw with five seconds left to seal the win.
Lawrence wraps up its season on Saturday when it hosts Grinnell College.