DELAWARE, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team won its fourth straight game to open the 2015-16 season, defeating the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops on Tuesday night. The Crusaders rolled out a 73-51 victory from inside Branch Rickey Arena.
Capital (4-0) dominated the first quarter, at one time building a 20-5 lead over the hosts. Junior Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio) helped in large part by scoring eight of those points, making each of her three shots from the field in the process.
The second quarter featured Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) getting into the scoring mix. The senior guard made multiple runs to the bucket, connecting on a pair of field goal attempts and converting three from the free-throw line. Erwin's final bucket of the second quarter helped Capital bulk its lead up to 19 points. Simmone Gage (Dayton, Ohio) hit a jumper with two seconds remaining en route to taking a 41-25 lead into the half.
The Crusaders continued to roll, outscoring the Bishops 20-11 in the third quarter. Senior Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) turned it up in the second half, going 6-for-9 from the field and scoring 12 of her 15 total points.
Thompson's 15 points was good for a piece of the team lead, a lead shared with Erwin. Thompson added seven rebounds while Erwin tallied three assists, two steals and two rebounds. Four of Capital's five starters all ended the evening with 10 or more points.
Sophomore Chelsea Pla (Macedonia, Ohio) led all bench scorers with her best game of the young season, scoring seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, posting three rebounds, two steals, and one block.
Taylor Dickson (18) and Megan Kuether (16) led the Bishops (0-4) in scoring with no other player scoring more than six points and no starter scoring more than five.
Capital shot well, hitting 54.9 percent of its field goals and connect on all 15 of its free throws. The Crusaders dominated the paint, 44-18, over the Bishops.
The Crusaders will host Wittenberg University this Saturday afternoon in its home opener at The Capital Center. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. against the Tigers.