Jacksonville, IL -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team was still within striking distance after Illinois College grabbed the lead to close the first half but cold shooting in the fourth quarter ended any comeback ideas in a 56-41 loss on Saturday afternoon to continue a seven game drought.
The Bucs held a close lead for the better part of the first quarter, the largest lead four with 2:46 left, but IC scored the last six points of the period to lead 16-14 after one. The game remained tight in the second quarter until the Lady Blues broke away from a 22-22 tie with 3:30 left to close the half on a 12-2 run and head to the lockerroom ahead 34-24.
Beloit cut two points off the deficit in the third quarter, getting as close as 42-36 with 1:28 left, that ended with IC leading 44-36. But the lid was firmly on the Bucs' basket in the fourth quarter to end any chance of a comeback. Beloit hit just 1-13 shots from the field in the period but were still within 49-40 with 2:01 remaining after Shelby Kline hit a pair of free throws. The Lady Blues then closed the game on a 7-1 run to secure the win.
Neither team shot well in the contest, with Beloit going 17-56 (30.4%) and IC 17-53 (32.1%). 27 turnovers also hurt the Bucs.
Laura Panicali continued her push toward 1,000 career points, going over the 950 mark with 17 as the only Buccaneer in double figures. Panicali, Tegan Rock and Nora Polaski all grabbed six rebounds while Kelsey Horvath had four assists and Kline five steals.
The Bucs have a week to get ready for a double home weekend next week when they host Knox College on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. and Grinnell College on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.