WILMINGTON, Ohio – The nationally-ranked women's basketball team at Capital University took to the road for a game against Wilmington College, Wednesday night. After falling victim to a slow start, the Crusaders were topped by the Fightin' Quakers, 64-56, inside Raizk Arena.
No. 13/15 Capital (15-3, 8-3 OAC) had its nine-game winning streak snapped, serving as its first loss in over a month.
The Crusaders were outscored 15-5 in the first quarter, with large help to 10 Capital turnovers. The Purple and White were only able to connect on two field goals while Wilmington went 6-for-12 shooting.
Capital erased that gap by going on a 6-0 run midway through the second quarter, and only a layup by Brittaney Jefferson within the final 10 seconds helped the Quakers take a slim two-point lead into halftime, 24-22.
After shooting just 31 percent from the field in the first half, the Crusaders bumped their success rate up to 46.4 percent in the second. Senior guard Simonne Gage (Dayton, Ohio) notched all 10 of her points in the second half after going 0-for-3 in the first. Despite such an improvement, Wilmington's Jefferson unloaded 20 second-half points while teammate Ellie Kivell tossed in 13. The Crusaders were down just three points heading into the final frame, 41-38.
Wilmington continued to roll out its offense, bulking their lead up to 10 points with 5:03 to go in the game. Down the stretch, Gage hit consecutive jumpers to close the gap to four points with 1:04 remaining, but the Quakers answered the call at the charity stripe, hitting 8-of-10 free throws to seal the team's win.
Jefferson finished with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead the Quakers, offensively. MacKenzie Campbell scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half, while Kivell scored all of her 13 points in the second.
Despite shooting 5-for-16 from the field, senior guard Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) led the Crusaders with 16 points. Senior Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 11 points and as many rebounds.
Capital has now lost six of its last seven regular season games played at Wilmington.
The Crusaders will return to The Capital Center this Saturday for a rematch against the University of Mount Union. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.