COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's women's basketball team faced a nationally-ranked team when No. 17 Carnegie Mellon University visited the Capital Center on Monday afternoon. The Tartans had their way with the Crusaders down low with 34 points scored in the paint.
Capital (3-5) jumped out to a 7-2 lead four minutes in the game but the Tartans (9-0) took the game over with a 29-4 run that ran over into the second quarter. After the run, Capital was only able to threaten Carnegie Mellon once, scoring eight points off of four consecutive steals to pull the score within 10. The Tartans closed out the second quarter with a 12-4 run to take a 45-27 lead into the break.
The Tartans went on to control the boards in the second half, to limit Capital's second chance points while continuing to work the paint.
Carnegie Mellon's used its height to its advantage, pulling down 41 rebounds compared to Capital's 22.
All-American guard Lisa Murphy registered a double-double with 34 points and 14 rebounds. Twelve of her rebounds came on the defensive side of the ball. Jackie Hudepohl also reached double-digit point totals with 16 points. She reeled in eight rebounds.
Regan Stonerock (Westfall, Ohio) scored double-digit points for the second time in her young career with 14 points. The freshman guard posed a problem at times for the Tartan offense, making four steals. Stonerock was not the only freshman to make an impact as Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) continues to be a bright spot for the Crusaders as she registered 10 points with five rebounds and four steals. She also recorded a game high two blocks.
The Crusaders will halt action for the next nine days before they host the annual Capital / Mariott Christmas Tournament that will feature Olivet College (Mich.), UW-Whitewater (Wis.), and Case Western Reserve University. The first day of the tournament will be on Thursday, Dec. 29. The first game starts at 5 p.m. as Wisconsin-Whitewater faces off against Case Western Reserve before the Crusaders face Olivet at 7 p.m.