SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team put on a dominant show in its season opener against Wittenberg University on Tuesday evening.
Three Crusaders finished with double-digit scoring totals, led by senior forward Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio) who tallied 22 points, a single-game career high.
Capital's (1-0) played a strong defensive game in the first quarter, allowing Wittenberg (0-1) just one point in the opening quarter. Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio) stole the ball in the opening seconds of the game, leading to Chelsea Pla (Macedonia, Ohio) making the first basket of the season. The Purple and White's run lasted until midway through the second quarter with the score at 13-3.
Capital's offense stalled for a few minutes, allowing the Tigers to pull within five before Fondessy and Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio) scored four points apiece, giving the Crusaders a 23-14 advantage at the half.
The third quarter began with Wittenberg attempting to grab momentum after sophomore guard Alex Kiess drained a jumper from 3-point range. Capital squashed Wittenberg's attempt to get back in the game, going on a 12-2 run that brought the score to 35-19. The Tigers were unable to give Capital much resistance throughout the final two quarters the Crusaders maintained a comfortable lead for the rest of the game.
Pla and Risner finished the night with 12 points each. Both also contributed to Capital's victory in other ways than putting points on the scoreboard as Risner led the way in assists (8) and Pla in rebounds (14).
As a team, the Crusaders shot 30-for-68 (.441) from the field and 2-for-3 (.667) from 3-point land.
Capital returns to action on Saturday when it takes on Albion College (Mich.) as part of the Nan Nichols Classic hosted by the College of Wooster. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.