WOOSTER, Ohio – Capital University women's basketball team faced Berea College on Sunday afternoon on the campus of the College of Wooster. The Crusaders used a balanced attack to earn the victory against the Mountaineers.
The Purple and White put the first nine points on the board as freshman guard Cassidy Bosch (Logan, Ohio) made back-to-back shots, one of them coming from 3-point range. Capital played tough defense in the first quarter holding the Mountaineers scoreless for almost four minutes after their first bucket.
After its drought, Berea got back in the game with four three pointers in the final in the final four minutes of the quarter to bring the score to 18-14 in favor of Capital at the end of the first quarter.
Berea continued to shoot accurately from the arc, opening the second quarter with a 3-point shot. Junior forward Chelsea Pla (Macedonia, Ohio) helped Capital distance itself from the Mountaineers with three buckets of her own. The Crusaders took a 36-25 lead into the half.
Capital's defense held strong over the next of the two quarters, stifling any attempt at a comeback by Berea.
The Crusaders had two players reach double-digit point totals including Pla, who registered a career high 18 points, and Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio), who totaled 14 points. Risner continued her trend of contributing in other ways besides scoring by recording nine rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.
Capital held Berea to just 16-of-47 (.340) in field goals while shooting 30-of-62 (.484). The Crusaders held large advantages in rebounds (39-24), second chance points (17-4), and points in the paint (42-8).
Risner was named Capital's all-tournament selection, tallying 26 points, 15 rebounds, two steals and a pair of blocks in two games.
Women's Basketball has a week off before hosting Mt. Aloysius College for its season opener on Saturday, Nov. 26. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.