The Beloit College women’s basketball team held a one-point advantage at the half but Ripon College shot 72-percent from the floor in the second half as the Buccaneers fell to the Red Hawks 75-54 on the road Wednesday evening.
The Bucs’ relentless defense held Ripon to just six points on 2-for-11 from the floor in the second quarter but the Red Hawks’ offense came out on fire in the second half. Beloit was outscored 49-27 in the second half including 32-2 in the paint.
The teams traded points to open the game until the four-minute mark when Ripon scored 10 straight to make it 20-11 with 31 seconds left in the period. Lauren Glaser cut the margin to seven with the final points of the quarter.
The Bucs continued to narrow the gap as Shelby Kline knocked down a three-pointer to open the scoring in the second quarter. After a Red Hawk free throw, Kline found the bottom of the net on another jumper from long range and then registered the steal and fast break layin to tie the game 21-21 with 4:14 left in the half.
Candace Cunningham hit back-to-back jumpers to put the Bucs on top 25-24 before Kline negated a Ripon bucket with a field goal in the final 10 seconds to send Beloit into the locker room with a one point, 27-26, advantage.
Kline was 7-for-12 from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc for 17 points in the first half.
Ripon took advantage of their size inside in the second half surging to an early lead that they held through the half leading to the final. The Red Hawks shot 72-percent compared to Beloit’s 19-percent from the floor in the final half of play.
Kline led all scorers with 24 points. Cunningham was one rebound shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds. Glaser and Kelly Loudon each added six points with Glaser posting a season-high seven assists and Loudon contributing eight boards.
The Bucs return to Flood Arena to host Lawrence University Saturday, December 8. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.