Women’s basketball suffers two losses from Ripon, Beloit

Ted Greeley

The Vikings women’s basketball team returned to their court for the first time since the term break to take on Ripon College this past Saturday. The game was a back and forth battle with the Vikings taking the lead at 15:57 of the first half on a three-pointer by Erin Henzi (’09). The Vikings would keep the lead until Ripon’s Jessica DeHamer put in a lay-up with 1:27 left in the first half to tie the score at 22. Caresse Reiland (’10) gave the Vikings the lead 24-22 before the end of the half. In the second half, the Vikes relinquished the lead early and had to play catch up the rest of the game. With 4:17 left the Vikings were down by eight. The team scored 10 of the next 12 points to tie the game 52-52 with 0:14 seconds left. A foul by the Vikings put Ripon on the free throw line with 0:04 seconds remaining. DeHamer hit both shots, clinching Ripon’s win. The Vikings lost a heartbreaker 54-52. Carrie Van Groll (’08) had 20 points and 10 rebounds to completing her double-double and leading the Vikings in both categories for the game. Reiland added 18 points and Henzi, Margaret Rhatican (’10) and Annie Kaiser (’11) led the team with 4 assists each.On Tuesday, the Lady Vikes traveled to Beloit and lost 72-60. Reiland had a double-double with 26 points and 10 points