Maggie Oimoen sticks out her tongue as she goes up for a shot. She finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Maggie Oimoen sticks out her tongue as she goes up for a shot. She finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

   The Ripon College women’s basketball team hasn’t been able to get the proverbial monkey — or in this case, ram — off its back since Cornell returned to the Midwest Conference in the 2012-13 season.

   It had lost its first nine meetings with the Rams, who had won or shared the Midwest Conference title three of the last five seasons.

   That changed last week Saturday.

   The Red Hawks finally lifted the burden with a 73-62 win over Cornell in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

   With the victory, they split the season series with the Rams and improve to 7-1 in the conference.

   Ripon also takes control of its own destiny as it is in the driver’s seat to host its first Midwest Conference Tournament since 2005. It is a game and a half ahead of Cornell with eight games left.

   “It was a fun game,” Ripon head coach Lauren Johnson said of the Cornell victory. “Great win for our team and our senior class. [We have a] big month ahead and a long month ahead as well. We really have to maximize the moments.”

Read the full story, which includes information on a win over Monmouth, in the Jan. 18, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.