Grinnell women continue dominance over Lawrence

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APPLETON, Wis. – The road in Midwest Conference play was not friendly to the Grinnell College women's basketball team last season, as it lost all eight matchups on the floors of opponents.
 
The Pioneers have turned that around in a hurry. After nearly winning Friday night at Lake Forest College, Grinnell steamrolled its way to a 61-52 win at Lawrence University Saturday afternoon. That snapped a wineless streak in road conference games dating back to February of 2017 and extended Grinnell's dominance over the Vikings with their 18th win over Lawrence in the last 19 meetings, dating back to 2008.
 
Grinnell, 1-1 in the league and 3-4 overall, was led by a career-high 18 points from Sasha Thomas '22 and 11-point performance by Tyria Heath '21. Heath also had eight rebounds and three assists.
 
Kate Tomczik '22 added 10 points and eight boards, while Mikayla Kricfalusi '20 – in her first action since being abroad – scored a career-high six points and had eight rebounds. Sofia Ahooja '22 had career-bests of four assists and three steals for the Pioneers.
 
Grinnell trailed by as many as nine in the first period before Kricfalusi hit a basket and Heath a 3-pointer to make it a 17-13 game by the end of the quarter. Those baskets were part of a 13-point run that turned Grinnell's nine-point gap into a four-point lead, as Heath opened the second period with a layup, Kricfalusi hit a jumper, Heath sank two free throws and Tomczik converted a layup for a 21-17 lead.
 
The Pioneers never trailed again. Ahead 29-26 at halftime, they stretched their lead to 43-36 by the end of three quarters. Lawrence got as close as five early in the fourth quarter, but Kricfalusi scored a layup and Ahooja made a 3-pointer to keep the Vikings at bay.
 
Grinnell was 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 79 seconds to secure the win. With the loss, Lawrence dipped to 1-1 in the MWC and 3-3 in all games.
 
The Pioneers are in action again Wednesday against Cornell College. Tip-off in Mount Vernon is at 5:30 p.m.