Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team came into Wednesday night's season finale having won three of their last four and looking to improve on that. But a tough shooting night and too many turnovers led to a 64-42 loss to Ripon College at Flood Arena.
Seniors Lana Wieseman, Alyssa Capecci and Megan McCabe played their final game for the Buccaneers.
The Red Hawks jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the opening quarter only to see Beloit get two free throws each from Wieseman and Nora Polaski in the final 44 seconds and close within 12-9 after one. The Bucs were still within five with under three minutes left in the second period but RC closed the half on a 6-1 run to head to the lockerroom up 27-17.
Ripon increased their lead to 31-19 three minutes into the third quarter but Beloit went on a 10-2 run to pull within 33-29 with 3:51 left. The Red Hawks answered that run with a quarter-closing 7-0 spurt that re-established their advantage at 42-31 heading to the fourth. RC busted the game open in the final period, continuing their run thru the first three-plus minutes to build their lead to 50-31. The Buccaneers never got closer than 14 the rest of the way, with the final score representing the largest deficit.
The Bucs could never find their shooting eye, especially in the second half when they shot just 20% (6-30) and finishing at 24.4% (11-45) for the game. They also committed 27 turnovers, 17 in the first half. Ripon shot just 39.3% (24-61) for the game but had 13 more made field goals and just 12 turnovers.
Wieseman finished a sparkling career with her 23rd career double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. She ended with 1,639 points, the third-most in Beloit Basketball history (men or women). In Buccaneer Women's Basketball history, in addition to her all-time record scoring, she was fifth in rebounding (626), third in blocked shots (111), second in made field goals (594) and first in made free throws (410).
Laura Panicali had 10 points as the only other Buccaneer in double figures, adding nine rebounds. Capecci finished her career with six points while McCabe was scoreless.