TIFFIN, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball put forth an explosive second quarter, which helped guide them to their 19th win of the season. The Crusaders defeated the Student Princes of Heidelberg University, 59-44, at Seiberling Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
After taking a 12-9 lead out of the first quarter, Capital (19-5, 12-5 OAC) erupted for 20 points while holding Heidelberg (9-15, 7-10 OAC) to just nine for the second consecutive quarter. The Crusaders' defensive forced three straight misses and a turnover while hitting 3-of-4 field goals and all four of its free throw attempts. Seniors Nina Napolitano (Akron, Ohio) and Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) each went 2-for-3, helping Capital to shoot 43.8 percent in the frame. In the meantime, Heidelberg shot just 25 percent and went 1-for-5 behind the arc.
Up 14 points coming out of the half, Heidelberg and Capital went blow for blow over the course of the second half. The Student Princes continued to struggle shooting, hitting just 4-of-15 (.267) attempts from the field in the third quarter and combined for nine turnovers in the second half.
Heidelberg was unable to get its 3-point game going and finished 5-for-18 (.278) on the evening. Altogether, the Student Princes shot 31.9 percent from field-goal range and committed 20 turnovers to stall its offensive effort.
Thompson posted her ninth double-double of the season behind a 22-point effort combined with 12 rebounds. Ten of her 22 points came from the charity stripe while shooting 50 percent from the floor. Senior Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) turned in 12 points and four rebounds.
Carli Patrick led Heidelberg with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Shiloh Murphy scored seven off of the bench and added six boards.
Capital is currently tied with the University of Mount Union for second place in the most updated Ohio Athletic Conference standings. Both teams have one game to play in the regular season. Capital will host Baldwin Wallace University this Saturday on its Senior Day in a must-win contest. If Capital wins and Mount Union loses to Wilmington College, the Crusaders would possess the No. 2 seed in the upcoming conference tournament and be granted a bye into the semi-final round. Any other scenario places them with the third seed, leading to a home postseason contest next Tuesday night.