With a little less than six minutes remaining in the first half last week Saturday, the Ripon College women’s basketball team found itself tied with Lake Forest at 21.

Then it went on one of its becoming-to-be well-patented runs.

The Red Hawks out-scored the Foresters 19-2 during the next six-plus minutes to take a 17-point lead they would never relinquish.

The run helped them secure an 81-55 home victory.

With the win, Ripon secured its first 3-0 conference start since the 2010-11 season and evened its overall record at 3-3.

It also used big runs to defeat Monmouth and Beloit on the road.

“I think we were getting some more paint touches and that makes a big difference,” Ripon head coach Lauren Johnson said of the 19-2 run. “If we can take good shots and if we can even get to the line on some of those good shots by drawing fouls [we are going to be in good shape].

“And then it comes from the other end, just getting a couple stops of a row. Every game we have game goals of getting so many stops in a row and we have met that goal the past two games. And that is a big deal defensively if you can get consecutive stops. It gives confidence to the offense and it gives more confidence to the defense.”

During the 19-2 run, the Red Hawks’ defense forced six turnovers and held the Foresters to 1-of-8 shooting from the field.

Read the full story, which includes information on a big day from a Ripon native, in the Dec. 5, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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