Women bounce back after loss

Philip Roy

The LU women’s basketball team tipped off against MWC rivals Ripon last Saturday at Alexander Gymnasium. With an unblemished record, Lawrence was looking to stay at the top of the conference. The Vikes fell behind early in the first half but fought back to take a 4-point lead into the locker room at the half. Five minutes into the second half, Ripon took the lead for good and later held off a surge by the Vikings in the closing minutes. Freshman Jenny Stoner cut the lead to 1 with less than three minutes on the clock, but the Redhawks resumed control and went on to hand Lawrence their first loss of the season with the 65-61 decision.
Senior Claire Getzoff, who sank two 3s in the last minute and a half to reduce the lead, led the Vikings with 15 points. Kelly Mulcahy had 11, and Molly Bouressa had 10. The Vikings were hampered by foul trouble as both Kelly Mulcahy and senior forward Christine Brice fouled out late in the second half.
The women returned to action on Tuesday, when they traveled down to Beloit looking to bounce back from their first loss. Lawrence came out firing and led by 30-9 with a little over five minutes left in the half after a 16-0 run. The Buccaneers responded in the second half and managed to trim the lead to 3 points with nine minutes left. The Vikings regained momentum, however, and pulled away to post a 64-48 victory.
Claire Getzoff was once again at the helm of the Lawrence attack as she tallied up 22 points. She was supported by Mulcahy, who had 18 points. Molly Bouressa was dominant on the boards as she piled up 11 rebounds. The junior from Kaukauna leads the team in rebounds this season with an average of 6.7 per game.
Lawrence returns to action at home this weekend when they face Grinnell on Friday followed by Lake Forest on Saturday. They will look to put two more conference wins under their belts before their showdown with Carroll next week.