Laurissa Johnson releases a shot after stealing a pass. She finished with nine points.
Laurissa Johnson releases a shot after stealing a pass. She finished with nine points.

   Skyylar Brescia hasn’t logged many meaningful minutes for the Ripon College Red Hawk women’s basketball team this season.

   The third-string freshman center has averaged just 5.4 minutes a game, usually coming when the outcome already has been decided.

   So when she got the opportunity to come into the game late in the second quarter last week Saturday, she took advantage of it.

   Brescia scored five-straight points after entering to help the Red Hawks close out the first half on a 7-1 run and draw even with the St. Norbert Green Knights at 24.

   She was in the game for the final three and a half minutes of the half after starting center Maggie Oimoen picked up three quick fouls and backup Megan Dille needed a rest after logging a lot of minutes.

   Brescia wasn’t the only reserve stepping up for the Red Hawks — Shannon Sorbo also came up big. 

   The sophomore also scored five points in the half, which included the final basket to tie it entering halftime.

   The two players continued their strong play in the second half as they finished with career-highs of 12 and 11 points, respectively, to help the Red Hawks win 67-58.

   The victory marks Ripon’s first against St. Norbert at home since the 2012-13 season and puts it alone atop the Midwest Conference standings. It entered the game tied with Monmouth at 8-1, but the Fighting Scots lost to Lake Forest.

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over Beloit, in the Jan. 24, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.