Natalie Geiger releases a 3-pointer as Maggie Oimoen (55) screens a couple Cornell players to give her room.
Natalie Geiger releases a 3-pointer as Maggie Oimoen (55) screens a couple Cornell players to give her room.

   The Ripon College Red Hawk women’s basketball team played its best game defensively against Cornell last week Saturday.

   The offense was another story.

   Ripon struggled to take care of the basketball and make shots as it fell to the two-time defending conference champions 46-39 at home.

   It committed 21 miscues, which the Rams turned into 16 points, and shot just 24 percent (14 of 58).

   “Too many turnovers and too many missed shots,” Ripon head coach Lauren Johnson said of the reason for the loss. “Cornell’s defense has always given us issues.”

   Johnson attributed the offensive struggles to a couple of factors.

   “Part of the lack of execution was not playing aggressive and the other part was Cornell’s pressure,” she said. “We settled for pull-ups when we should have ripped to the rim and didn’t attack their pressure. I think we played to not make mistakes instead of playing strong and confident. Our players knew it was a big game and we didn’t approach it offensively like we need to next time.”

   Despite the difficulties scoring, the Red Hawks (1-1 conference, 3-3 overall) stayed in the game, due in part to their defense.

   They held the Rams to just 32-percent shooting (17 of 53) from the field for the game and just 20 percent (3 of 15) from deep.

Read the full story, which includes information on a 71-63 win over Monmouth, in the Dec. 7, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.