Natalie Geiger drives to the basket in the second half. She matched a career-high with 10 points.
Natalie Geiger drives to the basket in the second half. She matched a career-high with 10 points.

   For the second-straight game, the Ripon College women’s basketball team played a strong first half against a good team to take a lead into halftime last week Saturday.

   Much like the last one, the second half was a different story.

   The Red Hawks were out-scored by the Carthage Lady Red 40-22 in the game’s final 20 minutes en route to a 63-52 home loss.

   This came a little more than two weeks after they were dominated 42-27 in the second half in a 66-54 road loss to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP).

   “Our Carthage loss was similar to our UWSP loss: we played worse on both ends of the floor in the second half than we did the first, way worse,” Ripon head coach Lauren Johnson said. “Our defense was poor, we fouled [on] drives, [we] were out of position in help and we gave up a couple offensive boards in the fourth quarter that hurt. On the offensive end, we were less aggressive in the second half. Carthage came out of halftime ready to compete and picked up their intensity and we didn’t answer.”

   The game started as a defensive affair as the Red Hawks (5-5 overall) trailed the Lady Red (8-4 overall) 13-9 after the first quarter.

Read the full story, which includes information on a strong second quarter, in the Jan. 4, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.