Laurissa Johnson goes up for a shot in Ripon’s 81-73 road loss to UW-Platteville.
Laurissa Johnson goes up for a shot in Ripon’s 81-73 road loss to UW-Platteville.

  The Ripon College women’s basketball team’s chances of defeating a second-straight Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference school was quickly put to bed last week Saturday night.

   It fell behind the University of Wisconsin-Platteville 28-11 after one quarter of play and never got closer than six points the rest of the way en route to an 81-73 road loss.

   The defeat comes on the heels of a 59-43 home win over the UW-Stout Blue Devils Tuesday, Nov. 21.

   “We were out-hustled and out-hearted in the first quarter,” Ripon head coach Lauren Johnson said. “UW-Platteville shot very well and part of that was due to us not staying true to our defensive principles. We also didn’t play strong on the offensive end as we had too many live ball turnovers.”

   The miscues and the fashion in which they came were a big reason for the loss. The Red Hawks committed 22 turnovers, which resulted in 29 points for the Pioneers.

   UW-Platteville also turned the ball over plenty as it gave it away 17 times, but Ripon only was able to score 13 points off those mistakes.

Read the full story, which includes information on a strong fourth quarter, in the Nov. 30, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.