For a half, the NCAA Division III women's team from Knox College stayed with undefeated conference rival Cornell College. The deficit was only eight headed to the final 20 minutes.
The game unfortunately got away from the Prairie Fire at that point, with Cornell pulling away for a 80-60 victory Tuesday night. Jodi Marver paced Knox with 14 points after connecting on three 3-pointers. The Rams opened the second half with a 21-5 run to open up the margin, and it stayed at least 20 points the rest of the way.
Knox did a good job in several areas, such as forcing 28 turnovers and attempting 42 of its 75 shots from beyond the arc, all important stats for System teams. But the offensive rebounding numbers aren't quite there (32 percent for this game), which leads to less of a shot differential (plus-3 for this game).
Still, against a team without any losses, the Prairie Fire (1-5, 1-3 MWC) dug in and played well. They host Beloit College (1-5, 0-3) on Saturday, so here's hoping the home team gets it going again. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST.