Women’s Basketball Rallies to Turn Down Mount Union

Women’s Basketball Rallies to Turn Down Mount Union
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half and took over the latter stages of Saturday's game versus Mount Union to defeat the Purple Raiders, 85-78.

The Crusaders' largest deficit came with nearly 12 minutes remaining when down 54-43. That lead slowly but sure diminished as the Crusaders turned up the pressure on both the offensive and defensive ends.

Down 63-54, Capital mounted a 23-4 run over a 10 minute span that had the crowd at the Capital Center on its feet and loud. The defense forced Mount Union to miss a pair of jumpers and turn the ball over twice while it came back to tie the game, 65-65. Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio) made the go-ahead basket with 4:37 to go and the Crusaders never trailed from that point.

Shelby Sheets (Fayetteville, Ohio) and Simonne Gage (Dayton, Ohio) hit four straight free throws to strengthen that lead while continuing to hold the Purple Raiders scoreless. Nina Napolitano (Akron, Ohio) and Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) then went on to hit two-pointers in succession, now flipping the deficit they once endured.

Mount Union was held without a successful field goal for nearly four minutes of game time, but by the time they broke that streak the lead had swollen to eight points and with too little time to orchestrate a comeback.

Mount Union held a seven-point lead going into the locker room while shooting 42.9 percent from the field and better than 50 percent from long range. That success from deep was negated in the second half as they were held to just 2-for-7 from the midway point, on.

Sheets led all scorers with 18 points and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Thompson had a standout game with a double-double behind 17 points and 12 rebounds on the day. She also added a pair of assists and a blocked shot to her line.

Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) came off the bench and scored 12 points in 21 minutes of action. She went 3-for-5 from the field, including two three-point makes while going perfect in four attempts at the free throw line.

Freshman Chelsea Pla (Macedonia, Ohio) also had a career game with a new personal high of 11 points in her 13 minutes on the floor. She also added four rebounds in the winning effort.

Capital will continue its homestand next Saturday, Dec. 13, when they bring Ohio Northern University into the Capital Center for a 3 p.m. tipoff. They are now 3-3 overall and earned their first win in conference play to level their OAC mark at 1-1.