Red Hawk women struggle in Oshkosh

Kacie Cullen drives the lane againts UW-O.

Injuries, along with the graduation of several starters from last year’s team, have forced the Red Hawk women’s coaches to play a number of inexperienced players this season.

The inexperience showed Tuesday night in Oshkosh, as Ripon (1-2) was belted by the Titans (4-1) 69-43.

“Injuries have obviously put us in a tough situation,” coach Julie Johnson said. “We haven’t had the same lineup since the first game.”

The Titans jumped out to a 13-2 lead to start the game, and never looked back as Ripon struggled to get its offense rolling.

When the Red Hawks did start getting points on the board, it was from the same two sources: freshmen Katie Raymond and Kacie Cullen. Raymond scored the first nine points of the game for Ripon, and the two combined for 20 of the team’s first 22 points.

“Kacie and Katie have played pretty consistently in the first three games,” Johnson said. “We need to get others involved in the offense.”

Ripon found itself down by 17 at the end of the first half, and the trend continued in the second half as the Titans continued to pour it on.

Read the full story in the Nov. 25, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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