APPLETON, Wis. – Kayla Morrissey ’18 became the all-time leader in career free throws made at Grinnell College in the Pioneer women’s basketball team’s 71-64 loss at Lawrence University Saturday.
Morrissey was 9-of-13 from the line and now has 367 free throws, topping the previous mark of 364 established by Katy Bowen from 2002-2006.
Morrissey posted her fifth double-double of the season, coming up with 30 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. She also had two steals.
Regan Kasprak ’19 added 11 points and three assists, while Tyria Heath (Menominee/Mohican) tallied 10 points and three steals. Margaret Giles ’18 grabbed a career-high six rebounds.
Grinnell fell to 4-7 in the Midwest Conference and 7-9 overall, while Lawrence moved to 4-6 in the league and 6-13 in all games.
The Pioneers led a few times in the early going, the last at 9-7 on Kasprak’s free throw. However, the hosts rebounded to lead 21-12 after the first period and 33-22 at intermission.
Grinnell closed within three in the third period on Abby Hellweg‘s ’19 free throws with 5:46 left, but again the Vikings took off to lead 54-42 after the frame.
In the fourth quarter, Morrissey’s 3-pointer with 3:09 left brought Grinnell as close as four, but then Lawrence pulled away for the win.
Saturday’s effort also pushed Morrissey into the No. 3 spot on Grinnell’s all-time scoring list, as she passed both Bowen and Alissa Hirsh and now has 1,299 points.
She also has 436 career rebounds, good for a sixth-place tie in Pioneer history.
Grinnell plays at Monmouth College at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.