Celebrating a basket during Ripon’s 18-1 run against UW-Platteville are, from left, Kassidy Walters, Morgan Burmania, Annika Anderson, Cydney Pittenger, Josie Garrett and Dasia Davis.
Celebrating a basket during Ripon’s 18-1 run against UW-Platteville are, from left, Kassidy Walters, Morgan Burmania, Annika Anderson, Cydney Pittenger, Josie Garrett and Dasia Davis.

   For a nine-minute stretch Tuesday night, the Ripon College Red Hawk women’s basketball team showed just how good it can be.

   It out-scored the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers 18-1 in that time to turn its largest deficit of the game into a 46-43 lead with seven minutes left.

   “Our starters did a good job attacking the rim and getting to the free-throw line,” Ripon head coach Lauren Busalacchi said. “Their aggressiveness and stops on the defensive end led to the fight back.”

   Unfortunately, the Red Hawks reverted back to bad habits that plagued them earlier in the game.

   They turned the ball over several times in crunch time and missed several free throws, which cost them as they fell to the Pioneers 60-53 at home.

   “We need to play with more composure to control the basketball, as well as make our free throws,” Busalacchi said. “Our decision-making has to continue to get better.”

   She added those two areas have hurt Ripon in its first four games of the season and the team will continue to work on them during practice.

   Poor defensive rebounding late in the game also played a role as the Pioneers scored six points off second chances.

Read the full story, which includes information on how the Red Hawks fared against UW-Eau Claire and UW-Oshkosh, in the Nov. 22, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.