Natalie Geiger shoots a 3-pointer last season. She returns this year after starting the majority of games during her freshman season.
Natalie Geiger shoots a 3-pointer last season. She returns this year after starting the majority of games during her freshman season.

   If the Ripon College women’s basketball team hopes to repeat as Midwest Conference champion this year, it will have to do so without a handful of graduated seniors.

   Head coach Lauren Busalacchi (formerly Johnson) has confidence it can accomplish just that.

   “Last year’s seniors left our program in a good place,” the fifth-year head coach said, referring to Emma McDonald, Jonalee Elliott, Eleanore Mueller, Mikayla Hartman and Renate Barker. “Fortunately, even with five seniors, our underclassmen got pretty good experience last year as well.”

   Among the players receiving playing time for the Red Hawks as underclassmen were Natalie Geiger, Megan Dille, Jesi Nay, Caitie Carpenter and Alyassa Burgess.

   Geiger started for the majority of the season as a freshman, while fellow first-year players Dille and Nay also got significant minutes.

   Carpenter and Burgess, meanwhile, both had big roles off the bench for Ripon as sophomores.

   The Red Hawks also return their leading scorer and rebounder from a season ago in Maggie Oimoen.

   The senior, who is just 84 points away from becoming the ninth player in program history to score 1,000 points, averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last year.

Read the full story, which includes information on the freshman class, in the Nov. 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.