The Knox Women’s basketball team lost 85-61 Wednesday night at Grinnell College to drop to 1-14 in conference play and 3-19 overall. The game was the final road game of the year for the Prairie Fire. The final home game of the year will be Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium.
Wednesday night Knox faced the daunting task of driving to Iowa to take on a tough Grinnell team playing in their final home game of the season. During the first half however, Knox gave Grinnell a run for their money. The Fire led 33-29 with four and a half minutes left in the first half, but a 13-2 run to close the half turned the momentum in the direction of Grinnell.
Knox brought the deficit down to four early in the second half, but could get no closer as Grinnell stretched their lead towards their eventual 24 point victory. Although the Prairie Fire out shot Grinnell in terms of percentage in the second half and throughout the ballgame, Knox’s 22 turnovers and Grinnell’s hot shooting from beyond the arc doomed the Fire down the stretch.
Senior Andie Allison and Sophomore Erin Navolio led Knox in scoring with 14 points each, and Navolio also had seven rebounds. Sophomore Kate Moon chipped in 12 points to reach double digits in the loss. Senior Jenna Finley had seven points.
Saturday at Memorial Gym Knox seniors Allison, Finley and Jenny Golz will suit up in a Knox uniform for the final time. Lake Forest will come to town as Knox basketball alumni filter onto campus for Homecoming. The Knox Women will try to notch their second conference win of the season.
A raucous crowd watching a great game would be a fitting way for the three Knox seniors to exit the stage that is Knox College basketball.