Ripon Clinches Share of Second Consecutive MWC Championship

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RIPON, Wis. - The Ripon College women's basketball team is champions once again. The Red Hawks defeated Monmouth College 69-47 Saturday afternoon to claim at least a share of the Midwest Conference championship for the second consecutive season. That marks the second time in program history that they have won back-to-back conference titles.

Ripon (15-8, 14-2 MWC) handled Monmouth with ease, scoring the first 14 points of the contest, en route to shooting 53 percent (16-30) in the first half. Monmouth (17-6, 12-4 MWC) would then go on a 23-12 run to cut the lead to three mid-way through the second quarter, but Ripon extended their lead back to eight on a halftime buzzer-beater by Caitie Carpenter.

The second half began much like the first, with Ripon dominating in the opening minutes, scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the third quarter to take a 16-point lead mid-way through the period. The Red Hawks outscored Monmouth 23-8 in that third quarter to put the game out of reach and take a 23-point advantage into the fourth. Ripon finished the game shooting 48 percent (31-64) from the field, while holding the top scoring team in the MWC to just 30 percent (16-53) shooting and 22 points under the Fighting Scots' season scoring average.

All but nine of Ripon's points came in the paint, as the Red Hawks held a 60-16 scoring advantage in the lane. Senior Maggie Oimoen led all scorers with 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting, while also recording seven rebounds (three offensive), three blocked shots, and two steals. With that performance, Oimoen moves into fifth and fourth place in program history for career points and rebounds, respectively. Natalie Geiger added 10 points and four rebounds, while Alyassa Burgess chipped in with eight points, 10 boards, and two blocks. Megan Dille contributed nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and four rebounds off the bench.

Monmouth was led by Shayne Smith's 11 points and five rebounds, while Becca Gallis added eight points and three assists. Carley Turnbull added seven points and six rebounds.

With two more games to play in the regular season, Ripon needs just one more win or one more Monmouth loss to clinch the Red Hawks' first outright MWC Championship since 2009 and hosting rights for the MWC Tournament for the second consecutive season. Ripon will be in action again on Wednesday when they'll travel to Lake Forest College. That game will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Lake Forest, Ill., and can be seen live at