Defense Helps Crusaders Dominate Mounties

Defense Helps Crusaders Dominate Mounties

CRESSON, Pa. – Capital University Women's Basketball set the tone in each of the first two quarters with loads of offense and a stout defense, leading to its 64-47 victory over Mount Aloysius College (Pa.). The Crusaders now come out of the gate with a 3-0 record heading into its first game against an Ohio opponent, next Tuesday at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Capital (3-0) broke out to a 7-0 run to begin the game with buckets coming from senior Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio), junior Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio) and senior Nina Napolitano (Akron, Ohio). That run generated more offense than the Mounties were able to in the entire first quarter. Capital's 18 first-quarter points were also greater than Mount Aloysius' first and second quarters, combined.

Napoitano scored 12 points in the first half to lead all of Capital's eight first-half scorers. She ended with that total, tying teammate Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) for the team lead in scoring, though both saw limited minutes in the fourth quarter after the game was well in hand.

Capital shot better than 40 percent in each of the first three quarters, which helped generate a 38-14 halftime lead and a 26-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes.

Of all reserves, sophomore guard Annika Watchman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) led with seven points and four rebounds. Sophomores Meredith Ovies and Chelsea Pla each ended the game with six points and a combined five rebounds.

On the other side of the court, Antwayne Parks led the Mounties (0-3) with 13 points, while teammate Hannah Drenning posted 11.

Capital will play a pair of North Coast Athletic Conference teams before breaking open the conference schedule in December. The Crusader will play at Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. before opening the home slate against Wittenberg University on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. from inside The Capital Center.