COLUMBUS – The Capital University women's basketball team defeated Wilmington on Wednesday evening, 68-59, improving to 3-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Senior guard Cookie Geroski (Fostoria, Ohio), junior center Monica Heckman (Pitsburg, Ohio) and sophomore guard Simonne Gage (Dayton, Ohio) helped lead the Crusaders to victory, combining for 42 of the team's 68 points.
In the opening half, Geroski, Heckman and junior guard Shelby Sheets (Fayetville, Ohio) combined for 25 of Capital's 37 first half points, while Sheets led the team at the half with nine points on 4-4 shooting.
Heckman was also a force on the boards, hauling in six rebounds in the opening frame.
Wilmington jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the early going, but Capital then put together a 14-7 run, taking their first lead of the game, at 14-11, with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half.
Capital eventually gained control of the game, taking a 37-27 lead into halftime.
As the second half of play progressed, the Crusaders increased their lead to as many as 14 points, but the Quakers managed to chip away.
Wilmington came within three points of Capital with just over four minutes remaining in regulation, but the Crusaders finished the game on a 12-6 run, winning by nine points.
Leading the way for the Crusaders was Geroski, scoring 16 points on a five of 10 shooting mark, while Heckman followed with a double-double at 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Gage finished with 12 points, on five of nine shooting, including a game-high six assists.
A total of 10 Capital players checked in with at least one point in the game.
With the win, Capital (6-3 overall, 3-0 OAC) stays perfect in OAC play this season, with just one more game before the New Year on Dec. 21 at John Carroll.
Tip-off for that contest is slated for 3 p.m.