Galesburg, IL -- The frigid cold weather forecast for Sunday hit the Beloit College Women's Basketball team's shooting touch early Saturday - in both the second and fourth quarters - on the way to an 84-65 loss at Knox College.
The Bucs led for the entire opening quarter, paced by Laura Panicali's two three-pointers and eight points, with the largest lead reaching seven points three times before settling at a 19-13 lead after one. Beloit hit their first cold spell in the second period when they made just two field goals while KC closed the last 5:25 on a 13-4 run to take a 35-26 lead at the break.
The Prairie Fire increased their lead to 50-30 midway through the third period before the Bucs started a comeback by closing the period on a 21-11 run. That run continued into the fourth quarter as Beloit got within 64-62 with 5:44 remaining on Megan McCabe's jumper. But the shooting freeze struck again, with Kelsey Horvath's three-pointer at the 2:38 mark the lone field goal in the final five-plus minutes while Knox finished on a 20-3 run to secure the win.
The Buccaneers finished at 31.9% (22-69) shooting for the game, including 29% (9-31) in the opening half, most of that in the second period. Knox shot 51.6% (32-62) for the game, 58.1% (18-31) in the second half.
Panicali finished with 17 points while Lana Wieseman battled foul trouble to finish with 14 and McCabe 10.
The Buccaneers return home to face MWC-leading St. Norbert College on Tuesday night, with tip off set for 7:00 p.m.