Lawrence University Women’s Basketball lost 68-51 to secondplace Ripon College (17-6, 13-3 MWC) in their last Midwest Conference game of the season at home Saturday afternoon. The Red Hawks shot a staggering 59 percent from the floor for the game. They were led by Erin Lind, who scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds. The Red Hawks took control of the game early, pulling out to a 12-2 lead in the first six minutes of the game, but the Vikings fought back, cutting the lead to 17-11 with nearly eight minutes to go. The Ripon lead grew to 18 points thanks to a 9-0 run to finish the half, making the score at the break 37-19. In the second half, Ripon held the Vikings scoreless for the first seven minutes, adding 16 points to their lead, and making the score 53-19. The Vikings never got closer than 17 points the rest of the way, and went on to lose their 16th conference game of the season. The Vikings finished the season 3-20 overall and 0-16 in conference play. The three wins of the season came in games against the University of Dallas, Mount Mary College, and Silver Lake College. The Vikings were led by senior Laura Aerts all season. She finished her senior campaign averaging 14.6 points and 4 rebounds per game; she also shot a team-high 42.7 percent from the field and dished out 64 assists. Despite the Vikings’ struggles this year, their fans are staying optimistic. Women’s basketball enthusiast Jamie DeMatthew said, “I see good things in the future for this team. I believe in the Lady Vikes!” After a season in which injuries and youth kept the Vikings from giving significant playing time to veterans, there looks to be nowhere to go but up for Coach Marc Heidorf’s squad.