Jeffers Earns Win #600 as Crusaders Roll Past Fightin’ Muskies

Jeffers Earns Win #600 as Crusaders Roll Past Fightin’ Muskies
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Head Coach Dixie Jeffers won her 600th career victory as a Capital Crusaders on Wednesday night at the Capital Center behind a dominating 66-39 win over Muskingum University.

Jeffers, already the all-time winningest Capital coach and Ohio Athletic Conference women's basketball coach, takes in win number 600 in her 29th season at the helm of the Crusaders. She now has a grand total of 652 career victories over the entirety of her career.

Capital (8-8, 4-5 OAC) achieved the victory with a stifling defense that allowed just 10 points to Muskingum (3-13, 1-8 OAC) in the first half. The Crusaders forced 12 first-half turnovers and limited the Fightin' Muskies to just 12.5 percent shooting overall in the first frame.

Nina Napoitano (Akron, Ohio) recorded seven points in the first half behind a 3-for-4 shooting effort. The junior led both sides with 14 points and shared the team lead with six rebounds.

After exiting the break with a 33-10 lead, Capital maintained its wide margin while allowing 15 members of the team to hit the floor. Capital kept up its pressure and used a series of five-man substitutions to keep legs fresh and get good looks all over the floor. Napolitano equaled her first-half production while a total of 10 different players tickled the twine in the second half.

Jaren Francis (Columbus, Ohio/Africentric) chipped in five points, four blocks and four rebounds in 14 minutes on the floor.

Sophomore Courtney Merritt (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) each had 10 points off of the bench and both posting six of those in the first half.

The Crusaders now sit in sixth place in the OAC standings at the midway point of the conference schedule. They are just two games out of entering the top-four.

With 652 career wins, Jeffers is now one shy from tying Otterbein University coaching great Dick Reynolds for the all-time wins record among OAC head coaches. Reynolds finished his illustrious 40-year career as the Cardinals head coach with 653 victories.

Capital will hit the road for a game at Ohio Northern this Saturday, Jan. 24, set to tip at 3 p.m.