Sunday, December 9, 2012

Knox overcomes huge deficit to win for the second time in three games

Perhaps things are turning around for the women's team at NCAA Division III Knox College. After losing the first four games on the schedule, the Prairie Fire have won two of three, including a huge comeback Saturday against Beloit.

Alycia Webster and Jodi Marver had 16 points apiece to lead six players in double figures, and Knox rallied from 16 points down in the second half to beat the Buccaneers 100-90 in Midwest Conference play. Jessica Howard made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points and Kristin McDonald, Chantal Heckman and Becky Duffy all finished with 12 points for the Prairie Fire (2-5, 2-3 MWC).

When Beloit (1-6, 0-4) took a 69-53 lead with about 14 minutes remaining in the game, it appeared all was lost for Knox. But McDonald scored four consecutive points, and over the next several minutes, six other players had scored in what turned out to be a 22-6 run for the Prairie Fire to tie it at 75.

The lead switched back-and-forth over the next few possessions until Howard put Knox ahead for good with a 3 from the right wing to make it 81-79 with 4:28 left. The Prairie Fire closed it out from there, getting an important victory at home before going on the road for the next three conference games.

Duffy led the team with five assists and four steals, and Knox forced 29 turnovers. A good effort for coach Emily Cline and her team in their second season with The System.

The Prairie Fire have more than a week off before traveling to Monmouth next Sunday, with the opening tip scheduled for 4 p.m. EST.

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