Jonalee Elliott puts up a shot in the first half of Ripon’s 59-45 win over UW-Stout.
Jonalee Elliott puts up a shot in the first half of Ripon’s 59-45 win over UW-Stout.

   It’s not often that a team will win — especially by double digits — despite converting just 28 percent of its shots from the field and committing 24 turnovers.

   But that’s just what the Ripon College Red Hawk women’s basketball team did Tuesday against the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

   The Red Hawk defense clamped down on the Blue Devils as it held them to 25 percent (15 of 60) from the field en route to a 59-45 win in Ripon’s home opener.

   This marks the second time in three years that the Hawks beat a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association school. They defeated UW-Platteville 52-51 in 2015.

   “Luckily tonight our defense won the game,” Ripon head coach Lauren Johnson said Tuesday after the game “We have to get better at finishing. Part of that comes from patience, physicality in the paint, and part of that comes from reps and the types of reps we’re working on. We had really good looks tonight and that’s the first step. Next step is to finish better.”

   The Red Hawks also owned the glass as they collected 63 rebounds, which is the fifth-highest total in school history. Among them were 27 offensive boards that led to 24 points.

   Stout, meanwhile, finished with just 23 rebounds, 14 offensive.

Read the full story, which includes information on how Ripon fared at the Webster Tip-off Classic, in the Nov. 23, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.