The Ripon College Red Hawk women’s basketball team jumped out to an early lead last week Saturday afternoon and cruised to a 72-53 home victory over the Lake Forest Foresters.
Ripon led 20-10 after one quarter and 33-17 at halftime en route to the 19-point win.
The Red Hawks, who defeated Lake Forest 91-53 a week earlier on the road, converted 48% of its shots (13 of 27) from the field in the first half, which included 57% (8 of 14) in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, they held Lake Forest to 22% (5 of 22) from the field in the first half, and forced the Foresters to commit 16 of their 24 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
The second half was a little more closely contested as Ripon out-scored the Foresters just 19-16 in the third quarter and played to a 17-all tie in the fourth.
It did lead by a game-high 26 points a little more than a minute into the fourth, before being out-scored by seven to end the game.
Ripon’s hot shooting continued in the second half as it converted 51.6% of its shots (16 of 31) in the final 20 minutes.
However, it struggled with turnovers as it recorded 17 of its 30 turnovers for the game in that stretch. The Red Hawks were out-scored in points off turnovers 26-20 for the game.
Lake Forest also made more shots in the second half as it shot 43% (13 of 30) from the field.
The Red Hawks were led by a balanced offensive attack as they had five players score nine or more points and 11 of 15 make at least one field goal.
Bonnie Jensen and Kiana Falls led Ripon with 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Alison Leslie, Megan Dille and Skyylar Bresica added nine points apiece.
Ripon will close out its COVID-19-abbreviated competitive season Saturday, when it travels to Lake Forest for its third and final game.
That game will begin at 2 p.m. and can be seen live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/ripon/.