By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Top 10 Moments of 2017-18 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next four weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
#4: Dixie Jeffers hits an incredible milestone with her 700th career victory
We normally highlight our student-athletes in our top 10 moments because, well, they do a lot of the hard work that brings the W's. But this one, this one is special, and so is the person that hit this significant milestone.
On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Capital University head women's basketball coach Dixie Jeffers became the 16th NCAA women's basketball coach and just the fifth at the Division III level to earn 700 career victories.
Let that number resonate for just a second.
You not only have to be good at what you do but good at what you do consistently for a number of years. Look no further than Coach Jeffers. She has achieved 20 or more wins 20 times in her career, including two 30-win seasons and one perfect, unbeaten season that led to her second national championship.
Thirty-three years after taking the court for the first time, win number 700 arrived.
Behind solid shooting, domination of the boards and crashing the inside the Crusaders built up a sizable lead early to help guide them to a 69-53 victory over the Heidelberg University Student Princes at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio. Erin Risner and Regan Stonerock combined for 31 points, 17 rebounds and six assists. Stonerock's second double-double of the season was huge in the win, while Carlie Huelett dumped in 10 points off the bench in a supporting role.
When the final horn sounded everybody knew what mountain had been climbed by Capital's leader. The sideline was filled with congratulatory hugs and following a line of handshakes, the Heidelberg athletic staff acted with class by presenting Coach Jeffers the game ball to remember the moment.
In typical Coach Jeffers fashion, she reacted with gratitude toward all but then began thinking about getting the team fed and its next opponent. On to 701.
Honorable mention: Women's Basketball hands No. 10/11 Ohio Northern first OAC loss in upset win
It's no secret that Capital and Ohio Northern serve as rivals on the women's basketball front. The Polar Bears bested Cap earlier in the season but vengeance would be the Crusaders' when they served nationally-ranked ONU its first OAC loss of the year at The Capital Center. Both teams shot better than 50 percent but a hot start plus Elle Folan's career-high 26 points behind seven triples helped Capital pull off a signature upset 84-76 win to fuel a successful seven-game stretch that propelled them into the postseason. -- relive the moment --
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Graham Green Wins Ten Straight Singles Bouts to Begin Career -- link
Moment #9 - Cap Women's Golf Smashes Records at 2018 OAC Championship and Katie Lease Earns All-OAC -- link
Moment #8 - Senior Day Celebration! Baseball Completes Sweep of Mount Union with Extra-Inning Walkoff -- link
Moment #7 - Cap Men's Hoops Upsets John Carroll in Regular Season Finale -- link
Moment #6 - Amanda Kachaylo Beats the Clock to Lift Women's Soccer Over Rival Otterbein -- link
Moment #5 - Walton's Last-Minute Goal Sends Cap Women's Lax to OAC Championship -- link
Moment #4 - Dixie Jeffers Hits an Incredible Milestone with 700th Career Victory -- link
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 18
Moment #2 - Friday, July 20
Moment #1 - Monday, July 23