Megan Dille, second from left, celebrates after making a shot while getting fouled as Laurissa Johnson, second from right, reacts behind her.
Megan Dille, second from left, celebrates after making a shot while getting fouled as Laurissa Johnson, second from right, reacts behind her.

   When Maggie Oimoen was on the floor for Ripon College last week Friday, she was unstoppable.

   The junior scored 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field and pulled down nine rebounds.

   Foul trouble, however, limited her minutes. And she was not alone.

   The Red Hawk women’s basketball team struggled with fouls all game en route to a 77-75 loss to Lake Forest in the semifinals of the Midwest Conference Tournament.

   The loss, which came on its home court, marks the third-straight year it fell in the semifinals. It also ends Ripon’s season as the Red Hawks finished the year 17-8 overall.

   Lake Forest went on to lose to Cornell 66-55 in the title game a day later. Cornell edged Knox 43-42 in the semifinals to advance.

   “We are beyond tired by now of losing in the semis,” Ripon head coach Lauren Johnson said of the defeat “It was awesome to have the tournament here and tough to watch the championship game being played [last week] Saturday with two other teams. We, unfortunately, played our worst defensive game of the year. Lake Forest shot well and we weren’t as sharp as we’ve been and needed to be.”

Read the full story, which includes information on how the game played out, in the March 1, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.