BEREA, Ohio – While junior Colleen Fondessy was busy putting up a career offensive day, the Capital University women's basketball team's defense put Baldwin Wallace University on lockdown. The Crusaders held the Yellow Jackets to its lowest output of the season in their 57-41 victory at Ursprung Gymnasium.
Fondessy, a native of Fostoria, Ohio, rattled off a career-high 19 points and had a near-perfect day shooting. The junior hit 7-of-8 field goal attempts and both of her free throws. She went 3-for-4 from 3-point range, which also marked a season-high for long-range makes. She hit for 10 points twice this season, both in nonconference play.
Capital (11-2, 4-2 OAC) jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but Baldwin Wallace (8-5, 4-2 OAC) wasted no time to return fire by scoring the next four points to close the gap. The score was tied 11-11 with 47 seconds to go in the first quarter, but Fondessy rattled off one of her 3-pointers and senior Nina Napolitano (Akron, Ohio) hit a jumper before time expired to take a 16-11 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter featured a combined 17 points between the two teams, and it took 1:26 for either team to score when play resumed. There were nearly as many turnovers as points, with the Crusaders and Yellow Jackets tallying 15 between them. Of Capital's eight points, Fondessy scored all of them. BW shot marginally better and outscored Capital 9-8 to account for a 24-20 halftime score in favor of the Crusaders, but it was the Purple and White's defense that remained consistent.
Baldwin Wallace was able to score just 21 points during the entire second half while Capital marched off 33 to break away for the win. The Crusaders forced six more BW turnovers, to make for a game total of 18, and shot 54.2 percent on the other end of the floor. Twenty-five Capital points came off of Baldwin Wallace turnovers, which made the biggest impact in the game.
For Baldwin Wallace, their 41 points marked the fewest points scored this season. Last year, Capital held BW to 47 in a losing effort, but has not scored that few points since Feb. 11, 2012 when ironically Capital again sported a solid defense in a 71-39 win in Berea.
In addition to Fondessy's career day, Napolitano put up 13 points, four assists, and two steals. Senior Simonne Gage (Dayton, Ohio) matched Napolitano's assist and steals output, while adding seven points.
Capital, which is just outside the top-25 in multiple national polls, will hit the road against Marietta College on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Their next home game will be next Saturday, Jan. 16, when Capital hosts Heidelberg University on Community Night. All Columbus-area residents will receive free admission and after the game the Crusaders will host a team autograph session on the floor of the Capital Center. A free youth basketball clinic will follow for kids grades 1-8 and last approximately an hour.