Dasia Davis attempts a shot as the arm of a Stevens Point defender comes down on her head.
Dasia Davis attempts a shot as the arm of a Stevens Point defender comes down on her head.

   The Ripon College Red Hawk women’s basketball team’s calling card is its physical play inside.

    It was hard to tell that last week Friday night, when it lost to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers 66-54 on the road.

   Ripon was dominated in the paint and it showed at the free-throw line, where it allowed 18 more attempts (33 to 15) and was out-scored by 19 points (27 to 8).

   “The free-throw discrepancy was brutal,” Ripon head coach Lauren Johnson said. “We depend a lot on our post play and we didn’t match the same physicality in the paint that Point brought. Usually, free throws go to the more aggressive team ... When we put a team at the line that many times and we don’t get those same opportunities, we don’t have any momentum.”

   Perhaps because of this, the Red Hawks did not score a fast-break basket in the contest and only had 18 defensive rebounds in the game.

   “Transition opportunities were decreased because of [the free throws], which is part of our game that we’ve been working on improving,” she said. “We knew they were a good free throw-shooting team going in. So their efficiency at the line was no surprise. Us putting them there so many times because of poor closeouts, poor help, poor rebounding and poor communication is disappointing.”

Read the full story, which includes information about a strong first half, in the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.