Ohio Northern Turns Down #23/23 Capital, 58-46

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

ADA, Ohio – The nationally-ranked Capital University women's basketball team had a down night shooting, leading to a 58-46 defeat at the hands of Ohio Northern University. Jenna Erwin led the Crusaders with 18 points, but was the lone Capital player to finish with double-digit point totals.

A big second quarter by the Polar Bears helped them break away from the Crusaders. Capital was outscored 19-4 by Ohio Northern, leading to a 35-14 halftime deficit. Capital (6-2, 1-2 OAC) was held to just two field goals on 16 attempts (.125) in the stanza.

Capital came back with a strong third quarter with Erwin scoring seven of her game-high 18 points. The Crusaders actually outscored Ohio Northern in each of the final two quarters, but the first-half deficit was too much to overcome.

Erwin, a Springfield, Ohio native, tied a season-best 18 points in the contest on 5-of-18 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers. Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) ended the night with eight points and as many rebounds.

The Polar Bears were led by Amy Bullimore, who scored 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. Jenna Dirksen scored 11 points off of the bench to supplement the lead. For the game, ONU shot 41.5 percent from the field, but were limited to 2-for-12 from beyond the arc.

Capital, which entered the game ranked No. 22 by D3Hoops.com and No. 23 by the USA Today Coaches' Poll, will get back to work in a rivalry game with Otterbein University on Saturday, Dec. 19. They will kick off a basketball doubleheader in Westerville, Ohio at 3 p.m. from inside The Rike Center.