Galesburg, IL -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team couldn't get past a second quarter run on the way to a 69-51 loss at Knox College on Saturday afternoon.
Neither team did much scoring in the first quarter but a 7-0 Prairie Fire spurt, and 23% shooting by the Bucs, gave them a 9-6 lead. After the run by Knox, Beloit got jumpers from Nora Polaski and Melissa McLean to close out the period with just the three-point deficit. The game stayed within eight to 10 points over the first five-plus minutes of the second quarter before KC, who shot 72.7% (8-11) in the period, including four three-pointers, played out the next five minutes on what proved to be a game-changing 13-3 run to take a 35-27 advantage at the break.
The Buccaneers could never overcome that run during the third and fourth quarters, though the teams both scored 34 points in the half. After the Prairie Fire pushed their lead to 21 three times during the third quarter Beloit never got closer than the final spread of 18 points.
Beloit finished at 41.2% shooting for the game (21-51), which included 0-9 from three-point, after shooting just under 50% (15-31) during the second half. Knox shot 42.3% (22-52) but hit 11-31 three-pointers. KC also out-rebounded the Bucs 37-29 and made 14 free throws to BC's nine.
Jaylan Dunn finished with 16 points and also grabbed seven rebounds while McLean scored 10 points. Polaski added nine points and handed out five assists.
The Buccaneers look to close their home season on a high note as they host Midwest Conference-leading Cornell College on Senior Night Tuesday. Action gets underway at 5:30 p.m., with the senior introductions taking place prior to tipoff.