Ripon native Maddie Koster puts up a shot in the second half of Ripon’s 62-49 victory over Lake Forest.
Ripon native Maddie Koster puts up a shot in the second half of Ripon’s 62-49 victory over Lake Forest.

   Less than a month after dominating Lake Forest 74-44, the Ripon College women’s basketball team had its hands full with the Foresters last week Saturday.

   It fell behind 20-8 after one quarter and trailed 26-14 with a little more than five minutes left in the first half. But it rallied for a 62-49 come-from-behind win.

   The victory is the Red Hawks’ fifth-straight and improves their record to 11-3 in the Midwest Conference and 13-6 overall.

   “Lake Forest has good athletes and basketball players,” Ripon head coach Lauren Johnson said. “We expected them to come out more aggressive than the first time we played them at their place.
“It was nice to see our players adjust their mindset and play from [after] the first quarter to eventually take control of the game.”

   The slow start against the Foresters (4-10 conference, 5-14 overall) was nothing new ­— despite it being worse this time around — as the Red Hawks trailed 13-12 after one quarter in the first meeting.

   “We didn’t defend, rebound or shoot well in the first 15 [minutes],” Johnson said of what went wrong early last week Saturday.

Read the full story, which includes information on the Red Hawks' comeback, in the Feb. 9, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.