COLUMBUS, OHIO – Capital University's women's basketball team continued its winning ways at the Capital Center on Saturday afternoon as it rolled to a convincing 66-50 victory over the Heidelberg University Student Princes.
The tone was set early when Simmone Gage (Dayton, Ohio) intercepted a Heidelberg (6-7 overall, 4-4 OAC) pass and laid in an easy layup on the other end of the floor. The play was a sign of things to come as the Student Princes went on to commit 23 more turnovers.
After trailing Capital (13-2 overall, 6-2 OAC) for the first eight minutes, Heidelberg captured its only lead when junior guard Mariah Pearson converted on both free throw attempts to bring the score to 13-12. The lead didn't last long as a Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio) jumpshot ignited a 9-0 Crusader run that lasted into the second quarter. Capital used steady shooting and a solid defense to take a 30-24 lead into intermission.
The Student Princes clawed their way back to within three early in the third quarter when Fondessy again sparked a run as Gage found her at the top of the arc for a 3-pointer. The 10-2 run ended on a high note for Capital as senior guard Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) took a hard foul, but not before her layup found the net. Erwin drained the following free throw to complete the three-point play.
The Crusaders had four players reach double-digit scoring totals led by Erwin, who had 17. Gage (12), Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) (12), and Fondessy (11) rounded out Capital's top scorers. Nina Napolitano (Akron, Ohio) pressed Heidelberg's offensive attack, tying her season high of five steals.
Senior guard Allie Hawkins was the leading scorer for the Student Princes with 11 points. Mariah Pearson played tough down low, pacing Heidelberg with nine rebounds.
As a team, the Crusaders recorded 34 rebounds, 32 points in the paint, and 25 points off turnovers. Capital was also a near perfect 18-for-20 (.900) from the charity stripe.
Following the game, the team hosted a free youth basketball clinic for kids grades 1-8, led by head coach Dixie Jeffers. The clinic also included an autograph session with the women's basketball team.
Capital now turns its attention to Muskingum University (4-11, 0-8) who it will face on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m.