The UW-Oshkosh women's basketball team built an 18-point lead after three quarters and fought off a late Ripon College rally to defeat the Red Hawks, 62-55, on Sunday (Dec. 29) in Ripon.
UW-Oshkosh, which recorded its ninth straight victory over Ripon College, led the Red Hawks by scores of 19-11 after one period, 29-18 after two quarters and 49-31 after three sessions. Ripon College made things interesting down the stretch by outscoring the Titans, 24-13, during the final frame.
Ripon College (6-3) led only three times in the game – scores of 2-0, 4-2 and 6-5. The Titans (7-4) took the lead for good at 7-6 on a layup by Abby Kaiser and added eight more unanswered points to take a 15-6 advantage with 3:42 to play in the opening period.
UW-Oshkosh outscored Ripon College, 10-7, in the second quarter as it limited the Red Hawks to just two points during the final 6:11 of the period. The Titans closed the third quarter with another strong defensive effort as they held Ripon College scoreless for the final 5:08 of the frame.
UW-Oshkosh built a 30-18 lead early in the third quarter before Ripon College cut its deficit to 36-31. The Titans then scored 13 consecutive points before the Red Hawks made the score 49-32 on a free throw by Kiana Fall with 9:26 left in the fourth quarter.
UW-Oshkosh extended its lead to 52-33 on a jumper by Claire Staples with 7:31 remaining. The Red Hawks then rallied from their largest deficit of the contest with an 18-6 scoring run that made the score, 57-51, with 94 seconds left.
Ripon College was led by the 14 points and nine rebounds from Alyssa Burgess and the 11 points and nine rebounds from Bonnie Jensen.
UW-Oshkosh finished the contest shooting 35.2 percent (19-54) from the field and 63 percent (17-27) at the free throw line. The Titans made 7 of 24 (29.2 percent) 3-point shots while totaling 37 rebounds, 12 assists, 10 steals and 11 turnovers.
Ripon College posted shooting percentages of 40 (24-60) from the field, 27.3 (3-11) behind the 3-point arc and 36.4 (4-11) at the free throw line. The Red Hawks collected 43 rebounds while counting 10 assists, five steals and 17 turnovers.
UW-Oshkosh is off until it visits nationally ranked UW-La Crosse for the WIAC opener on Jan. 4.