Natalie Geiger puts up a shot in Ripon’s 71-62 win over Illinois College. She finished with 12 points.
Natalie Geiger puts up a shot in Ripon’s 71-62 win over Illinois College. She finished with 12 points.

   After a tumultuous, 0-5 start to the season, the Ripon College women’s basketball team righted the ship last weekend with a pair of home conference victories capped by a 71-62 win over Illinois College last week Saturday.

   “Feels good to finally win,” Ripon head coach Lauren Busalacchi said. “The team has been working hard and we haven’t seen that work pay off until this past weekend. Always means a little more when it’s conference play and we look forward to getting better this week.”

   A big reason the Red Hawks (2-0 conference, 2-5 overall) were able to defeat Illinois College (0-2 conference, 3-5 overall) was their ability to cut down on turnovers, which had plagued them through their first six games of the season.

   They committed just 17 miscues after averaging 26 in their first six.

   “This was the first game that we took better care of the basketball,” Busalacchi said. “We had our lowest turnover count yet against Illinois College, which helps.”

   While Ripon improved on its ball-handling and decision making, it still wasn’t able to shoot well from the field or free-throw line, which prevented it from pulling away from the Lady Blue.

Read the full story, which includes information on a dominating win over Knox, in the Dec. 6, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.