Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team shook off a close opening quarter to run away from Monmouth College in Flood Arena Saturday, winning 91-68 to get back to .500 in Midwest Conference play.
The Buccaneers built a 20-10 lead just under eight minutes into the game but Monmouth closed the first period on an 8-2 run to pull with 22-18 at the end of one. Beloit took control in the second period, charging away from a 26-25 lead at the 7:41 mark with an 18-2 run for a 17-point 44-27 advantage with under a minute to play. They led 45-30 at the break behind 17 Lana Wieseman points and 12 from Shelby Kline.
The lead got as large as 28 in the third period as Kline hit three three-pointers before a late 12-2 Fighting Scots run made it 69-51 after three. Monmouth got as close as 16 twice in the early stages of the fourth period, the second time with 8:51 remaining. But an extended 17-6 run by Beloit pushed the lead back up to 27 with two minutes remaining, securing the win.
The Buccaneers were hot throughout the game, shooting 53.6% (15-28) in the first half and 54.5% (18-33) in the second half to finish at 54.1%. MC shot 47.3% (26-55) for the game.
Wieseman scored 34 points, her fifth career 30-point game, on 12-15 shooting from the floor and 10-12 free throws, adding seven rebounds. Kline had a career-high 24 points, including hitting six three-pointers, tied with two others for the second-most in Beloit history. Laura Panicali had five assists to go with her eight points.
The Bucs are now off until December 28, when they play Mount Ida College in the first of two games in the RDV Sportsplex Tournament in Orlando, Florida. Tip-off on the 28th and against nationally-ranked Hope College on December 30 is at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.