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Prairie Fire Men and Women Get Swept in Wisconsin

Karlie Thorn, Knox College Women’s Basketball

BELOIT, Wisconsin—The Prairie Fire women’s basketball team fell to Beloit 59-53 in a conference matchup on Saturday.

Knox (15-7, 10-4 MWC) played a back-and-forth first quarter with the Bucs and took a lead early in the second period. Beloit turned the tables by scoring 10 straight points and took a 30-23 lead into the half. The Prairie Fire started the third quarter on a run of their own, reeling off 12 straight points to take a 35-30 lead. The teams matched blows the rest of the stanza and Knox retained a 42-39 lead heading into the final quarter. The Prairie Fire added to their lead early in the last quarter, but Beloit stormed back to tie the game at 48-all. The Bucs did not stop there and gained the advantage in the last few minutes. Beloit hit the majority of their free throws to hold on for the victory.

Karlie Thorn led the Prairie Fire with 18 points, on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Jarrelyn McCall added 15 points and six rebounds. Kyra Huffman poured in nine points and grabbed eight boards.

Knox will look to get back on track when they travel to Grinnell on February 13.

Deryk Ruple, Knox College Men’s Basketball

BELOIT, Wisconsin—The Prairie Fire men’s basketball team lost their first game in their last four attempts, dropping a 71-54 contest at Beloit.

Knox (7-16, 5-11 MWC) got on the board first, but the Bucs quickly jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Midway through the first half, Beloit still held a 16-9 advantage. With 4:38 to play in the first half, Knox cut the deficit to five. However, the Bucs used a 6-0 run to close out the half with a 29-18 lead. The Prairie Fire again scored first in the second half, but Beloit quickly took another double-digit lead and cruised to victory.

Deryk Ruple led Knox with 16 points, hitting four treys. Jonathan Damota pitched in 14 points of his own and Marko Protic grabbed eight boards to lead the Prairie Fire. The big difference in the game was the Bucs’ 48-24 rebound advantage.

Knox will continue their road stretch when the travel to Grinnell on February 13.

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