Napolitano Joins the 500 Club in Loss at Mount Union

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

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The nationally-ranked Capital University women's basketball team saw its six-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon, as they fell to University of Mount Union, 74-63.

Senior guard Nina Napolitano (Akron, Ohio), needed only one point Saturday to reach 500 career points scored. She finished the game with 12 points to total 511 for her career. Napolitano joins Simonne Gage (Dayton, Ohio) and Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) as current players with 500 or more career points.

The Crusaders (6-1, 1-1 OAC) fell behind in the first quarter due to the Purple Raiders shooting 60 percent from behind the arc, giving them a 19-14 lead going into the second quarter. The Capital defense made it tougher for Mount Union (record) to score from behind the arc, holding them to 28.6 percent. However, the Crusaders trailed 37-28 going into halftime.

Capital (record) came out in the third quarter determined; they shot 54.5 percent from the field, its best quarter of the game. The Crusaders were able to cut the Purple Raiders' lead down to five, making the score 53-49.

The Crusaders weren't able to close the gap in the fourth quarter. Mount Union outscored Capital, 21-14, making the final score 74-63.

Capital was led by senior Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 17 points and game high 13 rebounds giving her a double-double, her third on the season. Thompson was strong on the defensive end, securing 11 defensive rebounds.

Senior Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) was a key contributor to the Crusader offense with 15 points.

Annie Bova of Mount Union led all scoring with 30 points and added five steals. The Purple Raiders also held vast advantages in rebounds (41-27) and points in the paint (26-6) to aid their cause.

The Crusaders, who entered the contest ranked No. 17 by and No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, look to bounce back on the road against Ohio Northern, on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m.