Women's Basketball

 

Crusaders Down Robert Morris-Springfield

Forward Kristen Thompson looks for her shot against Baldwin Wallace on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Capital Center in Columbus, Ohio. (Jeff Mills photo).

 

The Capital University women's basketball team submitted a strong rebounding performance and forced 21 turnovers in a 73-65 victory over Robert Morris-Springfield (Ill.) on the first day of the Hope Post-Exam Jam in Holland, Mich.

 

With the win, the Crusaders (5-2 overall) move on to the tournament championship game to face the winner of tonight's Finlandia (Mich.)-No. 6 Hope contest tomorrow at 3 p.m.

 

Capital finished with a 52-46 rebounding edge, including a commanding 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds.

 

The Crusaders held the Eagles (6-5) to just 37.5 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers while committing just 11 of their own. Capital knocked down 17-of-27 (63 percent) at the free throw line.

 

Senior forward Jamie Caton (Hilliard, Ohio) tallied a career-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds, four assists, four blocks and six steals. Sophomore forward Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded her first career double-double, posting 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

 

Senior guard Cookie Geroski (Fostoria, Ohio) added 11 points and four rebounds.

 

Robert Morris-Springfield built a nine-point lead in the first half, leading 22-13 at the 8:06 mark of the period. Thompson eventually tied the contest and gave Capital the lead with back-to-back jumpers in the final 2:09 of the first half. The Crusaders held the lead at 27-26 heading into the locker room.

 

In the second, Capital held the lead for a majority of the period, but the Eagles hung around and tied the game at 55-55 with 5:28 to play. A jumper by junior forward Monica Heckman (Pitsburg, Ohio) with 5:10 left gave the Crusaders the lead for good.

 

Capital knocked down 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final 1:18 to ice the contest.

 

The Crusaders overcame an off shooting night (33.3 percent) with 23 points off the Eagles' 22 turnovers, and 16 second-chance points. Capital posted 16 steals in the affair, compared to three for Robert Morris-Springfield.