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Bucs Withstand Runs for Win at Lake Forest

December 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Lana WiesemanLake Forest, IL -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team bent but never broke on the way to a 74-63 win at Lake Forest College on Tuesday night.

The Buccaneers scored the first seven points of the game and pushed to a 15-4 lead six minutes into the contest.  They enjoyed their biggest lead of the half at 43-26 with 2:18 left and held a 45-33 advantage at the break.

But the Foresters came out firing after halftime, scoring the first 11 points to pull within 45-44 at 15:43.  The Bucs responded with a 17-5 run over the next seven minutes and re-established their double-figure lead at 62-49 at the 8:37 mark.  LFC again put together a run, this one 12-0, to pull within 62-61 with 3:56 remaining.  And again Beloit answered that run in the final three minutes, out-scoring Lake Forest 9-2 down the stretch to secure the win.

The Buccaneers shot 46.2% for the game, including 51.7% in the opening half while evening their Midwest Conference record at 2-2.

Lana Wieseman led Beloit with 25 points, tying her career-high, and 11 rebounds.  Laura Panicali had 12 points with four assists and Lauren McNanna 11 points.

The Bucs have a few days to prepare for and take their finals before hosting Knox College on Thursday, December 19.  Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.