When a team is not making its shots and turning the ball over, it needs its defense to pick it up.

   That’s just what the Ripon College women’s basketball team did in its season-opener against Lakeland College last week Friday.

   Despite shooting just 32% (16 of 50) from the field and turning the ball over 25 times, the Red Hawks topped the Muskies 45-42.

   How? By holding host Lakeland to 34% (18 of 53) from the field.

   “Defensively, we were able to string together multiple stops in a row,” Ripon head coach Lauren Busalacchi said. “We achieved six ‘three-stops-in-a-row,’ which is our goal on the defensive end every night. Rebounding was successful for the most part and we were pleased with that overall as well.”

   Behind the defense, the Red Hawks led for pretty much the entire game. They only trailed once at 17-16, which came midway through the second quarter, and led by as many as eight points early in the fourth quarter.

Read the full story, which includes information on strong offensive performances from Jesi Nay and Alison Leslie, in the Nov. 29, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.