COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team lost a tough one to Baldwin Wallace University Saturday afternoon at the Capital Center. The Yellow Jackets took advantage of an early lead and prevented the Crusaders to take it back. Capital lost 66-62, dropping it into the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.
Capital jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to senior Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio/Southeast) hitting a long trey. The Yellow Jackets answered with five points of their own giving them the lead until Erwin hit a jumper again, tying the game at 5-5. Erwin led all scoring in the first quarter with seven points. However, Baldwin Wallace had the lead after one quarter, 19-15.
Senior Nina Napolitano (Akron, Ohio) scored four points in the second quarter to lead the Crusaders. Senior Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio) chipped in with three points in the quarter. Baldwin Wallace extended their lead to 33-26 heading into the half.
Capital would respond in the third quarter and cut the Yellow Jacket lead to only one point, 39-38. Thompson led the way for the Crusaders in the third with five points while tallying three rebounds.
The one-point lead set up for an exciting finish, as both teams had an explosive quarter combining for 51 points. Thompson and Erwin led the Crusaders with nine and seven points, respectively, in the quarter. While the Crusaders battled back they were never able to tie the game up or take the lead.
Thompson finished the game with a game-high 19 points and tied for a game-high eight rebounds. Erwin chipped in with 16 points and tied for the game-high eight rebounds as well. Senior Simonne Gage had a game-high four assists, while adding four rebounds and four points.
While the Crusaders finished better in points off turnovers (11-8), second chance points (7-4), and points in the paint (22-8) it wasn't enough to get the win.
The Yellow Jackets bench combined for a total of 30 points, led by Hannah Fecht with 16 of those. Mackenzie Colombo led Baldwin Wallace with 17 points. Sydney Clark also finished in double-digits with 14 points.
The Crusaders are now 19-6 overall and 12-6 in OAC play. Capital has an opportunity to jump into the No. 2 seed after Wilmington College defeated the University of Mount Union, but the loss locks them into the No. 3 seed. The Crusaders will be in action Tuesday Feb. 22 as they host the second round of the OAC tournament against the winner of the No. 6-7 seed game. That Tuesday game will be played at The Capital Center at 7:30 p.m.