Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team kept battling through some adversity and a physically taxing weekend but fell twice in a pair of home Midwest Conference games, dropping a 59-43 decision to Grinnell College Saturday afternoon after a 54-47 setback to Knox College on Friday night.
Saturday the Pioneers broke open a close game with an 18-4 run to close out the third quarter and then maintained a double-figure lead in the fourth period for the win.
The Buccaneers trailed 17-15 at the end of a close opening quarter and stayed within striking distance in the second period, trailing 30-25 heading to the lockerroom. The teams exchanged baskets thru the first three minutes of the third period, with Beloit trailing 34-29 with 7:26 left, before GC went on their game-deciding run. The Bucs couldn't get closer than 12 the rest of the way.
The Buccaneers shot just 29.3% (12-41) in the game, keeping close with 17 free throws (17-29). The Pioneers shot an even 50% (25-50) for the game, including hitting 10-12 (83.3%) shots during their big third quarter.
Jaylan Dunn's 11 points led the way for the Buccaneers. Shelby Kline and Melissa McLean added six points each. Kelsey Horvath tied her career best with seven rebounds.
On Friday, the Bucs came back from an 18-7 first quarter deficit, which was built when the Prairie Fire closed the quarter on a 10-0 run in the last 2:02. Beloit got as close as 26-21 in the second quarter with a 14-8 run before KC went to the break up 34-25. The Buccaneers got within 36-34 in the third period after a 9-2 run out of the lockerroom and trailed 42-36 heading to the fourth. But Knox scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and the Buccaneers could never get closer than six the rest of the way.
Beloit shot 33.3% (18-54) for the game while holding Knox to just 39.6% (19-48). Nora Polaski had 16 points and Kline 15, including four three-pointers. Tegan Rock grabbed a career-high nine rebounds while Polaski added seven.
The Bucs head back on the road Wednesday night, playing at Cornell College in a 5:30 p.m. tip, before returning to Flood Arena next Saturday afternoon to face Lawrence University.