Thompson Highlights Trio of Crusaders Named All-OAC

Thompson Highlights Trio of Crusaders Named All-OAC
Kristen Thompson, Sr.
Jenna Erwin, Sr.
Nina Napolitano, Sr.

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) announced its postseason accolades for the 2015-16 season. Capital University Women's Basketball touted three student-athletes on that list, including First Team All-OAC selection Kristen Thompson, who headlined the Crusader trio.

Thompson, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, led the Crusaders and the conference in multiple defensive categories, while also putting up top marks on the offensive end. She led the league in defensive rebounds (188), total rebounds (256) and rebounds per game (9.5/g) and ranked inside the top 10 in seven different categories. Among those include points per game (13.7, 6th), field goals (138, 5th), field goal shooting percentage (.486, 6th), and free throws (93, 6th).

Thompson was a two-time OAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week and earned one such honor when she put up 33 points and 19 rebounds, both career highs, against then-No.11/12 Calvin College. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Columbus-Marriott Holiday Tournament following that performance. Over the course of the year, she posted 10 double-doubles, had 19 games with 10 or more points, and three games of 20 or more points.

Also earning all-conference honors were senior guards Jenna Erwin (Springfield, Ohio) and Nina Napolitano (Akron, Ohio). Both were named All-OAC Honorable Mention after putting up solid seasons.

Erwin was second on the team with 13.5 points per game, just 0.2 short of Thompson, and pulled down an average of 4.5 rebounds per game. Erwin was third on the team in steals (44) and field goal shooting percentage (.421), and led the team in 3-point field goals (33).

Napolitano served as an incredibly reliable shooter from all areas of the floor. She shot north of 40 percent from field goal (.472) and 3-point range (.429), while also posting an 87 percent success rate at the charity stripe. Napolitano had the second-most steals (55) and assists (48) on the team while collecting 3.7 rebounds per contest.

Thompson and Erwin are earning their first postseason all-conference honors, while its Napolitano's second. Last year, Napolitano was named Second Team All-OAC.


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