Erwin Ignites Crusaders, Leading to Fifth Straight Win

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Jenna Erwin and Kristen Thompson led a third-quarter explosion that guided the Capital University women's basketball team to a 70-50 win over Wittenberg University on Saturday night. The Crusaders have now won their fifth straight and remain undefeated as they enter Ohio Athletic Conference play next week.

Capital (5-0) took a five-point lead into the third quarter before the combination of Erwin and Thompson broke it open by heading up an 11-2 run to begin the half. Erwin, a Springfield, Ohio native, hit each of her first two free throws and then banged in a 3-pointer to create a 12-point lead, 39-27. Thompson added to run with the first of her two field goals in the third quarter, working the inside with a close-range shot. She added another field goal nearly one minute later to retain Capital's 14-point advantage midway through the third quarter. Erwin and Thompson combined for 13 of the team's 18 points in that quarter.

The defense also rose to the occasion in the third, forcing nine Wittenberg turnovers while allowing just three field goals over the 10-minute period.

The fourth quarter continued to display Capital's potent offense, which went 8-for-11 (.727) from field-goal range. Seven different Capital scorers were featured in the final 10 minutes, though Erwin again led with seven in the stanza.

Erwin led all scorers with 16 points while adding three steals, two assists and a pair of rebounds. Thompson, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, scored all eight of her point in the second half while teammate Simonne Gage (Dayton, Ohio) finished with 11 points and five assists. Off of the bench, sophomore Chelsea Pla (Macedonia, Ohio) scored a season-high 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting and added five rebounds. Junior Colleen Fondesy (Fostoria, Ohio) had a productive day starting for Shelby Sigman, posting nine points, three steals and a team-high six rebounds.

Taylore Bundy led the Tigers with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting while teammate Becca Ziska ended with 13 points.

Capital has not won its first five games to begin the season since the 2005-06 season when the Crusaders won their first eight games. Wittenberg was among those opponents to take a loss during that run.

Next on the docket is the Crusaders' OAC opener against Wilmington College at home. That game will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.