Late Surge Not Enough for Crusaders

Late Surge Not Enough for Crusaders

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's women's basketball team fought hard to overcome its sluggish start but ultimately fell short against the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders on Saturday evening at the Capital Center.

The two squads started the game in opposite fashions as Mount Union's (14-5, 8-4 OAC) first three buckets were from beyond the arc, while No. 13 Capital (15-4, 8-4 OAC) had trouble hitting its shots due to a stout Raider defense.

The Crusaders were uncharacteristic from the field in the first quarter, only making one of its fourteen shots. Their second quarter compounded its troubles with a 3-for-15 effort. Capital's percentage for the half was 13.7.

Capital found its rhythm in the third stanza, starting the quarter with a 12-0 run to tie the game at 28. Capital's ability to hit its free throws kept them in the game which was also the case during the run as the Crusaders made 6-of-8.

Simonne Gage (Dayton, Ohio) scored 16 second-half points for Capital. The senior guard captured Capital's only lead of the game with a long-distance 3-pointer to bring the score to 33-30.

The Crusaders cooled off in the fourth quarter while Mount Union pulled away using 3-point shots. Mount Union guard Katie Reed scored 14 points in the fourth quarter including a pair of critical 3-pointers. Reed used the charity stripe to score six of Mount Union's last seven points to put the game out of reach.

While Capital struggled from the field, it did make 20-of-25 (.800) free throws and pulled down 39 rebounds.

The Raiders finished making 16-of-51 (.314) in field goals and 9-of-25 (.360) from 3-point range.

Gage led the Crusaders with a season-high 16 points. The senior also chipped in with four rebounds and an assists. Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded double-digit rebounds for the ninth time this season with 13.

Reed ended the night with a double-double with 24 points and 13 boards. She also added a steal and a block. Teammate Anna Bova recorded 11 points, including a pair of 3-point jumpers.

The Crusaders will look to end its two-game skid on Wednesday, Feb. 3 versus Marietta College (10-9, 4-8). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. inside The Capital Center.