COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tonight the semifinals for the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament take place. Capital University, the No. 3 seed, will be traveling for the third round contest against No.2 seed University of Mount Union, to be played in The MAAC.
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 25 – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The MAAC (Alliance, Ohio)
No. 2 MOUNT UNION (18-7, 12-6 OAC)
After winning four of the last five games in the regular season, the Purple Raiders find themselves with the No.2 seed in the OAC Tournament. The lone loss came against Wilmington, 67-54, last Saturday.
There has been some consistency within the stat sheets over the last five games. In three of the last five games, the Purple Raiders have shot better than 48 percent from the field. Despite shooting below 40 percent in two games, they only lost one of those. During the five-game span, Mount Union has held opponents to an average of 38.9 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from behind the arc.
The Purple Raiders have been consistent all season on the defensive end of the floor. On the season they have held opponents to shooting just 38.5 percent from the field and 30.1 percent from behind the arch. The defense has collected 695 defensive rebounds and caused 402 turnovers. Mount Union is led by Annie Bova averaging 18.6 points per game, second in the OAC, while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Katie Reed is averaging 12.2 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range. Abby Wemhoff is the leader on the glass for Mount Union averaging 6.3 rebounds per game.
No. 3 CAPITAL (20-6, 12-6 OAC)
The Crusaders fell into a rough stretch to end the season losing two of their last three. Despite the tough losses, Capital received the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The Crusaders have also played one game in the OAC Tournament where they knocked off Wilmington College, 71-64, paving the way for the matchup with Mount Union.
On the season the Crusaders have outscored their opponents by a margin of plus 10.2 points. As a team the Crusaders are shooting 40.9 percent from the field. The defense has been a strong point for Capital all season holding opponents to just 34.4 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from 3-point range. The Crusader defense has averaged 19.6 turnovers per game giving them a turnover margin of plus-2.9 on the season. Capital has also recorded 256 steals and 56 blocks contributing to the stout defense.
The Crusader offense is led by Kristen Thompson (Cincinnati, Ohio), who averages 13.7 points per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the field, fourth in the OAC. Thompson has also averaged 9.4 rebounds per game, which leads the OAC. Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) is averaging 13.5 points per game. Simonne Gage (Dayton, Ohio) has been a key player in all aspects of the game. Gage is averaging 8.2 points per game, leads the OAC with 4.3 assists per game and is second in the OAC with 2.7 steals per game.
THE TALE OF THE TAPE
Since the start of the 2006-07 season the Crusaders are 11-13 against Mount Union. The two teams have taken part in some high-profile games with three OAC Tournament meetings, including the 2009-10 OAC Championship, a game that Mount Union won, 80-71.
This season, Mount Union won both games by scores of 74-63 and 57-47. In the last matchup at Mount Union, the Purple Raiders' Annie Bova led all scoring with 30 points and added five steals. The Purple Raiders also held vast advantages in rebounds (41-27) and points in the paint (26-6) to aid their cause. Capital was led by Thompson with 17 points and game-high 13 rebounds giving the senior her third double-double on the season. Thompson was strong on the defensive end, securing 11 defensive rebounds. Erwin was a key contributor to the Crusader offense with 15 points.
Admission: $7 Adult | $2 Non-OAC student | $5 Senior (62+) | OAC Student – FREE!
The winner of the Mount Union-Capital game will then play the winner of Ohio Northern University and Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the higher seed. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.