COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball earned its first Ohio Athletic Conference victory of the season with a 57-43 win over the visiting Wilmington College Fightin' Quakers on Wednesday night. The Purple and White defended its home court successfully and was paced by freshman Regan Stonerock's first career double-double.
Regan Stonerock (Westfall, Ohio/Westfall) served as a spark of energy in the low post and trounced her previous career best in rebounds after collecting 14 in Capital's win. Her former best was six in a single game. After just the first half, the freshman had already collected eight rebounds and posted five points in just 11 minutes played. Her minutes increased in the second half and she turned up her offensive output by shooting 4-for-5 from the field to score 10 second-half points. She finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds, good for her first career double-double effort. She also added three steals on the defensive side.
Wilmington (7-5, 3-2 OAC) shoot poorly out of the gate, making just one field goal in 13 attempts (.077) in the first quarter. Capital outscored Wilmington, 13-2, while also holding a plus-seven advantage in rebounds in the opening frame.
After shooting 37.5 percent from the field in the opening quarter, Capital cooled down but had its defense step up to correct the difference. The Crusaders caused six turnovers in the second stanza and continued to pound the boards and grow its rebounding advantage. Each team scored nine points in the second quarter, leading to a 22-11 score heading into the half.
Each team dramatically improved its shooting in the third quarter. While Capital continued to distribute the wealth with five different point scorers, Wilmington saw much of its success come from Mackenzie Campbell and Ashley Andracki. The duo combined for 14 of Wilmington's 16 third-quarter points and were part of a defense that forced 11 Capital turnovers in a 10-minute span. Cap countered by shooting 5-for-7 from field goal range, good for a 71.4 percent success rate. The hosts' held a nine-point lead going into the final frame and with the help of five steals, seven Wilmington turnovers, and a .500 field goal shooting percentage, Cap held off the Quakers for the 57-43 victory.
The win marks the first conference victory of the season in five tries for the Crusaders, and an improvement in their overall win-loss record to 5-7.
Joining Stonerock in double figures was Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington), who scored 11 points, seven from the charity stripe. Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio/St. Wendelin) had a notable defensive presence on the floor, tallying six steals and one block to go along with six points.
Capital had one of its more solid performances at the free throw line, nailing 16-of-18 (.889) attempts on the night. That marked its highest success rate from the charity stripe this season. With its 14 team steals, that tied a season high. The Crusaders also held a plus-14 rebounding advantage over the Quakers which was their third-best advantage of the season and most since game three of the 2016-17 campaign.
Campbell scored a game-high 18 points on 8-of-18 shooting for the Quakers, and added five rebounds. Brittaney Jefferson scored seven points, leaving her six points short of 1,000 for her career.
Capital will hit the road for its next contest at John Carroll University this Saturday. Tipoff against the Blue Streaks (3-8, 1-4 OAC) is set for 3 p.m.