Lake Forest, Ill. – The Women’s Basketball Team hung on for the first half of their game Tuesday night against the Lake Forest College Foresters, but a strong 2nd half offensively from the home team ended up being the difference in a game the Bucs dropped by a final score of 43-66.
A week after receiving the Jenssen award for top junior athlete, Jaylan Dunn (’18 Manteno, Ill.) got things going early for the Bucs, as she dropped 5 of her 9 points in the 1st quarter to go along with 2 rebounds in the first 10 minutes. Her free throws with 4:36 remaining in the quarter gave the Bucs a 7-5 lead, before the Foresters responded to take a 2-point lead (9-11) into the 2nd.
The Foresters began the 2nd with a 13-4 run to extend their lead into double-digits (13-24), but #1 Candace Cunningham (’19 Cary, Ill.) answered off of a Bucs timeout to cut the lead to 7 (17-24) with 4:03 to play in the half.
First-year guard Shatera Howard (’21 Memphis, Tenn.) sunk a jumper with 1:44 remaining to keep the Bucs within single-digits heading into the locker room, as the Foresters led 28-19 at the half.
After the break, Dunn hit a quick jumper 20 seconds into the 2nd half to make it a 21-28 game. Unfortunately, a 23-point 3rd quarter from the Foresters put the game out of reach for the Bucs, who couldn’t keep up while shooting 30% (8-27) from the field in the final 20 minutes.
Cunningham dominated on both ends of the floor, posting her third double-double of the season on 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bucs in both categories.
The Bucs (3-16, 1-11) return to Beloit to face the Vikings of Lawrence University Saturday, February 3rd at Flood Arena. Tip-off is at 3:00pm following the men’s game.