Crusaders Breeze to Big Win Over Blue Streaks

Crusaders Breeze to Big Win Over Blue Streaks

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team used an explosive second half to break away to a 90-71 win over the John Carroll University Blue Streaks. Shelby Sigman led the Crusaders with a game-high 18 points behind her best shooting performance of the season.

Sigman helped lead a charge in the second half, scoring 16 of her season-high18 points over the final 20 minutes. That also tied a previous career best for points scored in a game which occurred last season against Wilmington on Jan. 28.

The Capital breakaway began at the end of the second quarter. After Katlyn Spahar scored to make for a one-possession game, a pair of fouls led the Crusaders extending their lead to five points from the charity stipe. Out of the break, Capital scored six of the first eight points to make for a nine-point advantage. The Crusaders went on another 6-2 burst and set themselves up for another sprint to the finish, closing out the quarter on a 9-2 run. During that final run, Sigman nailed her lone three-ball of the game and sophomore Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/HS) scored six of those points by continuing to aggressive attack the basket.

Capital continued to build its lead, the largest being 25 toward the end of the fourth quarter. They were aided by 24 John Carroll turnovers, which led to 29 Capital points. The Crusaders were sent to the free throw line a combined 36 times, where they hit 69.4 percent of their shots. Wachtman led the way with 10 trips to the line, connecting on eight. She also was responsible for three steals, leading the Crusaders in the category.

Also having standout performances for the Crusaders were seniors Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio). Each scored 17 points and combined to shoot 11-for-20 (.550) from the field. Wachtman finished with a career-high 14 points.

As a team, Capital shot 58.2 percent from field-goal range and held the Blue Streaks to just 35.7 percent, and just 4-for-15 from 3-point range.

Senior guard Shelby Sigman

Spahar led the Blue Streaks (5-5, 1-4 OAC) with 19 points but was held to just 7-for-21 (.333) from the field, while adding nine rebounds and five assists. She also committed seven of the teams' 24 turnovers. Bri Pettinger was the only other JCU double-digit scorer, finishing with 10 points.

Capital is now 8-2 overall and improved to 3-2 in OAC play. They will close 2015 having won their last two games and then host a two-day tournament on Dec. 29-30. The Crusaders will bring Calvin College, Allegheny College and Misericordia University to Columbus for the tournament. Capital will play Misericordia on the 29th at 7 p.m., and then will play either Allegheny or Calvin, results pending.