COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's women's basketball team took on the Olivet College Comets on Thursday evening in the second game of the Capital/Marriott Christmas Tournament. The Crusaders defeated the Comets in a physical contest that saw both teams combine for 45 fouls.
Olivet held the lead early in the first quarter as Capital struggled to find its rhythm on offense. The Crusaders made just four of its 15 shots in the first quarter to finish the quarter with a 26.7 shooting percentage.
The Crusaders got separation in the second quarter as Olivet continued to put Capital on the line, committing nine fouls in the second half. The Purple and White took a 29-23 lead into intermission.
Capital's best quarter offensively came in the third stanza as the team put up 21 points on the Comet defense. The Crusaders started third quarter play by scoring the first six points of the quarter.
Olivet made a push to get back into the game with a 10-2 run that was sparked by a 3-point shot by Aryn Parrish but it was turned away as Capital answered with an 11-2 run that brought the score to 48-34 in favor of Capital.
Missed shots plagued Olivet the rest of the way as Capital built its lead to as much as 16 in the fourth quarter.
Freshman Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio) registered a career high 23 points on to recording her first career double-double by adding 10 rebounds. Another pair of Crusaders reached double-digit point totals, including Emily Ondo (Pittsburg, Pa.) and Ashley Lane (Warrenton, Va.) who both posted 10 points. Lane's 10 points represents a new career high in her young Capital career.
The bench made a big difference for Capital as it provided 20 points compared to six points scored by Olivet's bench.
The Crusaders will face off against The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the championship game tomorrow at 5 p.m. Olivet will play Case Western Reserve University in the opening game of tomorrow's doubleheader. Action is set to begin at 3 p.m.