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Buccaneers Smash Game Scoring Record in 115-101 Win at Knox

February 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Lauren McNannaGalesburg, IL -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team had their scoring shoes on at Knox College on Saturday afternoon, winning their fourth straight while setting a new game scoring record in a 115-101 win.

The previous single-game team high for points was 103, accomplished twice - in a 108-103 loss to Knox on February 9, 2013, and in a 103-60 win over Knox on December 4, 1990.

Beloit also set a team record for field goal percentage in a game, finishing at 67.8% to shatter the old mark of 58.5% set vs. UW-Whitewater on November 22, 1991.

The Bucs grabbed some control early-on, turning a 2-2 tie less than two minutes in into a 14-2 lead three minutes later.  But the Prairie Fire put together an 11-4 run over the next three minutes to pull back within five, a trend that would continue through most of the game.

An 18-7 run put Beloit back up 45-29 with 2:51 left in the half before KC closed the half on a 10-4 run to make it a 49-39 Beloit advantage at the break.

Knox's 13-6 run out of the lockerroom pulled them to within 55-52 three minutes into the second half but the Buccaneers' 8-0 run built their lead back up to 11 at the 15:31 mark.  The teams traded runs over the next five minutes, with the Bucs never giving up the lead.

A 13-5 Knox run pulled them to within one point with 8:13 left at 80-79.  The Prairie Fire even grabbed a narrow lead for a time.  But Beloit had the deciding run after the score was tied at 87-all with 5:54 remaining, closing the game with a 28-14 advantage to continue their winning streak.

Lauren McNanna led the Bucs with 30 points, six rebounds and four assists.  The 30 points tied the fifth-highest total for the Women's program.  Lana Wieseman had 24 points and six rebounds while Kelsey Horvath added a career-high 16 points.  Laura Panicali finished with 14 and Jenna Larsen 11.

Besides the record-setting shooting from the field, Beloit had 24 assists on 40 made shots.

The Buccaneers look to continue the streak on Wednesday night in Flood Arena when they host Carroll University.  Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.