NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Led by senior Jenna Erwin, the nationally-ranked Capital University women's basketball team won their eighth straight game. The Crusaders took down the Muskies of Muskingum University, 70-55, inside the Muskingum Recreation Center on Wednesday night.
Capital (14-2, 7-2 OAC) remained consistent, offensively, and exploded in the third to make their final breakaway from Muskingum (4-12, 0-9 OAC). After taking a 31-22 lead into halftime, the Crusaders exploded for 26 points in the third quarter.
Senior Shelby Sigman (Bellbrook, Ohio) made a splash by hitting one of her three 3-pointers to grow Capital's lead to 13 points early in the third quarter. She later added a layup, a jumper and two free throws to grow that Capital lead to 18 points heading into the final minutes of the period. Sigman finished with 17 points, one shy of her season high.
Bettering Sigman's point total was senior guard Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio), who finished with a game-high 18 points. She shot 75 percent (6-8) from field goal range, which also included a trio of triples. She also led the Crusaders with four of the team's 14 steals. Erwin tied her season high in points, which she has already achieved twice.
Muskie turnovers doomed any chance of a comeback. After 22 giveaways, Capital turned those miscues in 32 points, accounting for nearly half of their game point total. The Crusaders also held a plus-eight advantage in rebounding, which also was the same margin Capital held in second-chance points.
Senior Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) was held to 10 points and four rebounds, but now has 10 or more points in a game in seven of the last eight games.
The Crusaders defense limited the Muskies to just 33.3 percent shooting as a team, and held its leading scorer to just three points. Mallory Taylor went 1-for-5 from the field and had four turnovers before fouling out.
Muskingum's Hallie Stocker served as the team's leading scorer with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, that coming off of the bench in 18 minutes played.
Capital, which is ranked No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and by D3Hoops.com, has now won eight straight games heading into a showdown against another nationally-ranked team. In what has grown into a rivalry, the Crusaders will try to defend The Capital Center, its winning streak and its national ranking against No. 11/12 Ohio Northern University, this Saturday afternoon. Tipoff between the two top-20 teams is set for 3 p.m.
Come early and be one of 400 fans to get a commemorative Kristen Thompson trading card, presented by the Capital University Society of Sports Management. The Capital Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will also be hosting a t-shirt swap for students. Simply bring in an old t-shirt and you can then buy a "Bleed Purple" spirit tee at the discounted rate of $5. All t-shirts collected will be then donated to a local clothing service center.