Alyassa Burgess tries to knock the ball away from a Carroll player in the second half last week Saturday.
Alyassa Burgess tries to knock the ball away from a Carroll player in the second half last week Saturday.

   Clinging to a 34-30 lead over Carroll late in the third quarter last week Saturday, the Ripon College women’s basketball team received a 3-pointer from junior Jesi Nay.

   The shot sparked an 18-4 run and helped the Red Hawks cruise to a 63-48 win over the Pioneers.

   Nay also hit another 3-pointer in that crucial stretch en route to finishing the game with 10 points.

   The contest took place in Ripon.

   “Jesi was so much more aggressive on Saturday than our Edgewood game and we needed her to be,” Ripon head coach Lauren Busalacchi said. “She did a great job responding to our request in increased aggressiveness. It was nice to finally hit some outside shots on Saturday, which we missed on Tuesday.”

  Nay wasn’t the only player coming up big in that stretch.

   Skyylar Brescia also scored seven of her 10 points during that time and chipped in three rebounds. She also recorded the assist on Nay’s second 3-pointer.

   “Skyy had a couple of big plays off of rebounds and put backs that helped her get back into her rhythm offensively which we’ve been missing the past couple of weeks,” Busalacchi said of the sophomore. “We hope Saturday was a big confidence-booster for her. Her athleticism and versatility as a forward are characteristics that make us a harder-to-guard team.”

  The run to end the third quarter and begin the fourth was one of two stretches that fueled the Red Hawks (3-1 overall) to the victory.

Read the full story in the Dec. 5, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.