Caitie Carpenter releases a shot in the first half against Edgewood. She finished with 10 points.
Caitie Carpenter releases a shot in the first half against Edgewood. She finished with 10 points.

   For the second-straight game, the Ripon College women’s basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter Tuesday to give itself a chance to come away with a win.

   This time, however, it was unable to finish the comeback as it fell to Edgewood 52-51 at home.

   The Red Hawks (2-1 overall) out-scored the Eagles (6-0 overall) 21-11 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome a forgettable third quarter in which they managed to score just two points.

   “We turned the ball over and didn’t make shots,” Ripon head coach Lauren Busalacchi said. “It was a difficult quarter because of those two things. The possessions — we actually didn’t pass it to Edgewood; we missed shots.”

   As such, Ripon finished with just two points in the third quarter.

   “We didn’t make a 3-[pointer] all game and unfortunately, poor shooting creates more tightness,” Busalacchi said. “I think some of our turnovers were a result of that as well as additional missed shots.”

   The struggles weren’t just limited to the third quarter as Ripon also had difficulties scoring in the second quarter, when it was out-scored 12-9.

   Busalacchi noted the Red Hawks missed scoring from some key positions that get a ton of minutes and also were out-scored by Edgewood in bench points (21-15) and at the free-throw line (13-9).

   While Ripon struggled in the second and third quarters, the same cannot be said of the first quarter.

Read the full story, which includes information on a thrilling come-from-behind win over Edgewood, in the Nov. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.