Top Moment #5: Women’s Hoops Hits Three Buzzer-Beaters in a Single Game to Pull Off Win Over First-Place John Carroll

Caroline Taphorn (pictured) was one of three Crusaders to hit a buzzer-beating shot that led CU to defeat top-ranked JCU in February. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)
Caroline Taphorn (pictured) was one of three Crusaders to hit a buzzer-beating shot that led CU to defeat top-ranked JCU in February. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The countdown of the Top 10 Moments of 2018-19 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next five 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.

Top Moment #5: Women's Hoops Hits Three Buzzer-Beaters in a Single Game to Pull Off Win Over First-Place John Carroll

Hitting a buzzer-beating shot when the pressure is on is one of the most difficult things to do in basketball. Is it, or was Capital Women's Basketball just that on fire on February 2, 2019? The Crusaders did not just hit one buzzer-beater, but three and the very last one helped the Crusaders topple first-place and eventual OAC Champion John Carroll University at The Capital Center.

Cap got off to a great start and was primed to take a five-point lead into the second quarter, but Torri Grasso thought that was not enough. With 6.4 seconds remaining in the first, Carlie Hulette inbounded the ball to Grasso, who crossed up her defender to gain the edge and cross into the front court. Grasso took one step inside the halfcourt line and let a shot fly that whooshed through the hoop with 1.8 seconds remaining to increase that lead to eight points, 22-14.

 

Fast-forward to the end of the third quarter. Now up 10 points, the Crusaders were in command and had the last possession of the frame. With just under eight seconds remaining, Elle Folan worked the clock down to three ticks and fed Cassidy Bosch on the inside who was mismatched with standout Kaitlyn Spahar. Bosch backed her defender down then spun to her left and lofted a finger roll with her left hand that rolled through as time expired to make for a 48-36 contest.

 

The last buzzer-beater would prove to be the most important. John Carroll had climbed back into the game and wiped the lead away. The game was tied 58-58 with 22.5 seconds remaining. Folan again worked the clock and handed the ball off to Caroline Taphorn. With time winding down, Taphorn analyzed the defense and then broke to make her move. Taphorn drove the lane and took on two defenders. She worked off a screen to beat the first and then blew by the second with a clear lane to the bucket. Falling toward the baseline, Taphorn released a layup that kissed the glass and went through the bucket with 2.3 seconds remaining, hardly enough time for timeout-less John Carroll to devise a response. Taphorn's layup rose the crowds to its feet with a roar, and led Cap to a 60-58 victory over what would prove to be the best teams in the OAC.

 

Without any one of those buzzer-beating shots, Capital would not have won that game and perhaps had its postseason path altered. The extra effort at the end is ALWAYS worth it.

 

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Honorable Mention: Cap Men's Soccer downs John Carroll in Overtime behind Chewy's game-winning goal!

We always try to pick out moments in which our student-athletes get the home crowd on its feet, and Chewy Gordon's game-winning goal in overtime to defeat John Carroll on October 6 was certainly one of them. John Carroll had the momentum and nearly ended the game in regulation and in the first overtime, but big defense and an offside call kept the Crusaders alive. Then in the 104th minute, Greg Knox launched a throw-in, which landed on the foot of Luke Morais. Morais' shot was saved but the rebound went to Cap where Gordon pounced on it and launched it to the back of the net to end the game with another Capital 'W'.
 

 

Relive the Top 10 Moments

Moment #10 - Josh Miller Earns First Career OAC Championship -- link

Moment #9 - Men's Soccer Earns NCAA Tournament Win in Second Consecutive Year -- link

Moment #8 – Men's Lacrosse Clinches 9-0 OAC Season and Regular Season Title with Win over Mount Union -- link

Moment #7 – Logan Holbrook Sets 18- and 36-Hole Records en Route to Tournament Win -- link

Moment #6 – Men's Basketball Survives Overtime Contest for First NCAA Tournament Win Since 2012 -- link

Moment #5 - Women's Hoops Hits Three Buzzer-Beaters in a Single Game to Pull Off Win Over First-Place John Carroll -- link

Moment #4 - Monday, July 8

Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 10

Moment #2 - Monday, July 15

Moment #1 - Wednesday, July 17

 

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