Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team saw their winning streak stopped Wednesday night in Flood Arena in a 46-40 loss to Illinois College.
The Buccaneers led 10-9 after one quarter, despite shooting just 27.3%. But that lead disappeared in the second quarter when the Lady Blues shut out Beloit 9-0, with the Bucs going 0-10 from the field and missed both of their free throw attempts, giving IC an 18-10 lead at halftime. Both teams struggled with their shooting in the opening half, with Illinois College hitting just 25.9% (7-27) while BC was at 14.3% (3-21).
Beloit's fortunes, and shooting, looked much brighter in the third period. After the Lady Blues pushed their lead to 23-12 2:10 into the quarter, the Buccaneers went on a 13-2 run to tie the game at 25-all with 1:41 left. IC scored the final three points of the quarter to lead 28-25 heading to the fourth. The Bucs shot 60% (6-10) in the quarter, including hitting two of three three-pointers, to get themselves back in the contest.
IC got their lead back out to seven points four minutes into the fourth period but the Bucs rallied to cut the deficit to two points three times, the last with 24 seconds remaining. But that was as close as they could get as Illinois College scored the final four points from the free throw line to secure the win.
Beloit finished the game shooting 30.2% (13-43), out-distancing IC, who shot just 27.3% (15-55). The Buccaneers committed 26 turnovers while the Lady Blues had 19.
Shelby Kline and Nora Polaski both scored 13 points to lead the way, Polaski also with eight rebounds and Kline with seven. Melissa McLean led the team with nine rebounds as the Bucs came back from an early deficit on the boards to win that battle 40-39.
The Bucs look to start a new streak as they head into the final three games of the season, beginning Saturday at Knox College. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.