COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's women's basketball team emerged from the Marriott Columbus Airport Tournament with two more victories in the win column. Capital's opponents could not find an answer to the dynamic play of senior forward Kristen Thompson, resulting in back-to-back double-doubles. On Monday, the Ohio Athletic Conference selected Thompson as its Women's Basketball Player of the Week.
In the first round of the tournament, the Crusaders defeated Misericordia 66-49. Capital controlled the Cougars, never surrendering the lead while leading by as much as 19. The Crusaders took advantage of Misericordia'shabit of turning the ball over, scoring 29 points off 22 Cougar turnovers. Thompson finished the contest with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The following day, Capital was dealt the difficult task of defeating No. 11/12 Calvin College in the championship game. Thompson put on a show, putting up some of the best numbers of her career as the Crusaders defeated Calvin in a thrilling 79-70 overtime victory.
The senior forward scored a career-high 33 points while tying her career high in rebounds with 19. Thompson was steady from the field, making 11-of-18 (.611) and 11-of-16 (.687) on her free throw attempts. She also stole the ball on three occasions with one assist.
Thompson's performances were enough to earn her the Tournament MVP award.
At 10-2 overall, 4-2 OAC, the Crusaders are currently in fourth place and are scheduled to resume conference play at Baldwin Wallace (7-4, 4-1) on Saturday, January 4 at 3 p.m.