Jesi Nay follows through on a 3-point shot as the Ripon bench watches during Ripon’s 63-51 win over Lawrence. She was 3 of 4 from deep and finished with 12 points.
Jesi Nay follows through on a 3-point shot as the Ripon bench watches during Ripon’s 63-51 win over Lawrence. She was 3 of 4 from deep and finished with 12 points.

   The Ripon College Red Hawks women’s basketball team blocked seven shots Tuesday against the Cornell Rams.

   None was bigger than Maggie Oimoen’s with five seconds left in the game and Ripon leading 49-47.

   The senior swatted away a jumper by Cornell’s Rose Shimaoka to preserve the lead. She later knocked down two free throws to seal the 51-47 road win for Ripon.

   With the victory, the Red Hawks maintain a one-game lead over Monmouth for the top spot in the Midwest Conference. They also clinched a spot in the conference tournament by virtue of Monmouth’s win over Knox.

   “Maggie sets our defense,” Ripon head coach Lauren Busalacchi said. “We are much better on the court when she’s aggressive and contesting shots. She didn’t have a great game, but that was a big play and we needed it.”

   The Red Hawks (13-2 conference, 14-8 overall) had plenty of chances to put the Rams (5-9 conference, 5-14 overall) away before Oimoen’s block as they missed several open shots in the fourth quarter and two free throws.

  They also turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the quarter, which they entered holding onto a 41-39 advantage.

Read the full story, which includes information on wins over Lawrence and Lake Forest, in the Feb. 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.