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Bucs Erase Carroll Jinx, Score Second Straight Home Win in MWC Opener

November 25, 2015

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team has plenty to be thankful for, mainly their home-court advantage, after Tuesday's 78-67 Midwest Conference-opening win over Carroll University in Flood Arena.

The Bucs' win snapped an 11-game Pioneer winning streak in the series.  It was their first win over Carroll since January 9, 2010.

A close first period end with Laura Panicali's three-pointer just before the buzzer to give Beloit a 19-16 lead.  That three spurred the Buccaneers, who held the lead for nearly the entire second quarter and headed to the lockerroom up 37-32 after a pair of Panicali free throws with six seconds left.  Panicali had 13 first half points to lead all scorers.

Beloit didn't let up in the third quarter, putting together a 16-6 run after CU scored the first points of the period to move ahead 53-40 with 4:18 left.  They held a 64-50 advantage as the quarter ended.  The Buccaneers hit their biggest lead at 66-50 one minute into the fourth period and Carroll never got closer than 10 the rest of the way.

The Bucs shot 51.9% (27-52) for the game, including 57.7% (15-26) in the third and fourth quarters.  Carroll shot 42.6% (23-54) for the game.

Panicali finished with 24 points, including three three-pointers, to lead four Bucs in double figures.  Lana Wieseman battled fouls and finished with 15 points while Shelby Kline and Nora Polaski each had 12 points, Polaski with a game-high nine rebounds.

Beloit hits the road Saturday for an MWC game at Grinnell College.  Tipoff is at 3:00 p.m.