Women’s Basketball Pulls Away for Streak-Ending Win

(photo credit: Jeff Mills)
(photo credit: Jeff Mills)

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Capital Women's Basketball improved to 2-0 on the young season following a 73-54 victory against the host Eastern Mennonite University, Saturday evening. The Crusaders used a big fourth quarter to come away with the win in the final day of the EMU Tip-Off Classic from inside Yoder Arena.

After the conclusion of three quarters the Crusaders found themselves up by just one point, 44-43. Capital's offense kicked it into another gear by outscoring the Royals, 29-11, which led them to victory. Senior guard Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) scored nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter to pace the Crusaders. Senior Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) chipped in eight points in the breakaway quarter, four of which came from the line where she was perfect in the quarter. The defense also caused five Royals turnovers, aiding in the separation.

Capital's shooting hit new heights in that fourth quarter where they hit 10-of-14 field goal attempts, good for a .714 shooting percentage. They finished with a team field goal shooting percentage of .459 (28-61).

All five starters finished with 10 or more points, led by Thompson's 21. For the second time in as many nights she put up a double-double effort by contributing 11 boards, as well. To complete her stat line, Thompson also chipped in four assists and one block.

Seniors Nina Napolitano (Akron, Ohio), Shelby Sigman (Bellbrook, Ohio) and Simmone Gage (Dayton, Ohio) scored 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively.

Jess Rheinheimer led all scorers with 23 points for Eastern Mennonite, but shot just 7-for-22 from the floor while also adding a team-high eight rebounds.

The win was also significant in that it ended a very lengthy winning streak for the Royals. Eastern Mennonite had its home game winning streak snapped at 31 games.

Capital (2-0) will break for one week before getting back into action on the road at Mount Aloysius College (N.Y.).