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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With day one of the 2015 Marriott-Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament in the books, the Capital University women's basketball team put itself in line for a chance at the title with a win over Misericordia University on Tuesday night. The Crusaders defeated the Cougars, 66-49, inside The Capital Center to prime for a matchup against nationally-ranked Calvin College (Mich.) on Wednesday.
Wednesday's win improved Capital's overall record to 9-2 on the season and marks their third straight win. Senior forward Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted her fifth double-double of the season behind 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Misericordia committed a total of 22 turnovers which directly translated into 29 points for the Crusaders. Fifteen of those turnovers came in the first and second quarters, helping Capital build a sizable lead that carried through the course of the game. The Crusaders built a 16-7 lead in the first quarter, a period in which the Cougars were held to just 23.1 percent shooting and committed eight turnovers.
A series of small runs throughout the third and fourth quarters helped Capital build as large a lead as 19 points seen just minutes into the final period. Capital maintained that lead which carried them to victory and a chance to defend their home tournament title.
Capital was aided by a pair of double-digit scorers off of the bench. Junior Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio) and sophomore Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) each finished with 10 points. Wachtman also chipping in three steals and three rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Fondessy made the most of her 26 minutes on the floor, putting forth one steal and five rebounds, as well.
Junior guard Simonne Gage (Dayton, Ohio) nearly achieved a double-double with her nine points and nine assists, while also adding three steals.
Capital will now meet up with Calvin College, which defeated Allegheny College by an 86-67 score. The Crusaders and Knights will play in the title tilt at approximately 5 p.m., or 25 minutes follow the conclusion of the previous game.
The Knights entered the tournament ranked No. 11 by D3Hoops.com and No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, and is now 8-2 overall with their most recent win.
Allegheny will play Misericordia at 3 p.m. in the tournament's consolation game.