COLUMBUS, Ohio – Stout defense and dominant post play led the Capital University women's basketball team to a 69-59 victory at home against Mount Aloysius College (Pa.), Saturday afternoon. Cassidy Bosch paced Cap with a career-high 16 points while the Crusaders dominated the painted area on both sides of the ball en route to their third win of the season. They open conference play against Ohio Northern University in their next game, next Saturday, Dec. 3.
Sophomore forward Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio) busted out of the gates with eight points in the first quarter, helping Capital build as large as a seven-point lead before the Mounties battled back to tie the game. Cap's defense carried it through the second quarter by limiting Mount Aloysius to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field through one half of play. Lea Sammarco led the guests with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting through 20 minutes of play.
The Mounties (1-3) countered with an adjustment that silenced Risner in the second quarter. Capital continued to battle for supremacy in the low post with an attack that included junior Chelsea Pla (Macedonia, Ohio), senior Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio), freshman Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington), and sophomore Emily Ondo (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Together, the foursome combined for 19 of Capital's 41 first half points. Wachtman led the group with six points on 3-for-4 shooting in the half.
Toward the end of the second quarter, Capital (3-1) broke away to build an eight-point led and took that advantage into halftime. Up by one point, Cap scored eight of the final nine points of the half with the final two coming from layups by Pla and freshman Sam Sech (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby). Cap began the third quarter with a 41-33 lead.
Mount Aloysius began the third with a 3-pointer from Sammarco, stemming from a turnover by guard Meredith Ovies, but the Crusaders returned fire with a three ball from freshman Cassidy Bosch (Logan, Ohio/Logan). Fondessy continued the hot streak with a two from the left baseline to give Cap its first double-digit lead of the game. Neither team shot above 30 percent in the quarter, allowing the Mounties to stay within shouting distance of the Crusaders on the scoreboard.
Mount Aloysius kept itself in the game with its 3-point shooting, hitting 5-of-12 attempts in the second half, and by causing 15 turnovers over the course of the game. With 2:29 remaining, the Mounties took the ball away and nailed their 11th three to cut the deficit to eight points. Out of a timeout, Capital again returned the favor when Risner hit a bucket on the other end then corralled a key defensive rebound short of the one-minute mark to slow down any sort of Mountie momentum.
Bosch quietly collected a team- and career-high 16 points and held a share of the team rebounding lead with Fondessy (8). In just her second start, Bosch shot 6-for-9 from the field and hit half of her four attempts from behind the arc. She was one of four Capital players that finished in double-figures for points. Joining her was Wachtman (10), Risner (10) and Fondessy (11). The starting five also posted 15 of the team's 18 assists and seven of its 10 steals.
Capital also held a large advantage on the board, finishing with 47 to Mount Aloysius' 36. That advantage also led to 16 second-chance points. Their largest discrepancy came down low where they outscored the Mounties 40-8 in the paint.
On the opposite bench, Jessa Wright led the Mounties with 14 points and added five rebounds. Antwanye' Parks led the team with eight rebounds in addition to her 12 points.
Cap will open their conference slate against the defending OAC regular season champions, Ohio Northern University, in their next action on Saturday, Dec. 3. Tipoff between the Polar Bears and Crusaders is set for 3 p.m. inside The Capital Center.
Get into the Capital and the holiday spirit at Ugly Sweater Day! Wear your favorite ugly sweater to the game while cheering on the Purple and White in what has become a rivalry matchup to open the OAC season.