COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Women's Basketball went back to basics and it paid off in its 69-53 win over Heidelberg University on Wednesday night. The Purple and White defended The Capital Center successfully and heated up the Performance Arena by hitting close to half of all of its shot attempts. Emily Ondo paced Capital with a career game, notching 18 points in the team's second Ohio Athletic Conference victory of the season.
Capital (6-8, 2-5 OAC) made its living inside the arc, dominating the mid- and close-range game. As a team, the Crusaders shot 48.3 percent over the course of the game without attempting a 3-point shot. Cap pounded the inside of an undersized Heidelberg team and came away with a vast advantage in points scored in the paint, 34-20, and nearly doubled their guests on the boards. Paced by Annika Wachtman's career-high nine rebounds, Capital dominated the rebound game, 41-27. Their rebound advantage also granted the Crusaders the ability to score 15 second chance points as opposed to Heidelberg's three.
Capital had one of its best offensive quarters of the season to open the game after outscoring the Student Princes, 25-13. Despite the Student Princes holding the higher shooting percentage, freshman forward Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) went a perfect 3-for-3 from the field and added a trio of free throw makes to end the frame with nine of her 17 total points. Up 11-9, senior Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio/St. Wendelin) started an 8-0 run that helped Cap create its 12-point first-quarter advantage.
In both the first and second quarters, Capital committed just one turnover while the Student Princes turned the ball over a total of six times. Sophomore forward Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) chipped in six points during the frame on 3-for-4 shooting from the field. Heidelberg closed the gap to just one point with 3:49 to go in the second following multiple Capital misses, but the Purple and White ended the quarter on a 10-4 burst with four of Risner's points coming in the final 1:38.
Heidelberg (6-8, 3-4 OAC) cooled off dramatically after shooting north of 50 percent in both the first and second quarters. Cap's defense held the Student Princes to nine points and just three field goals on 16 attempts. Capital added four more points to it lead in the third, taking a comfortable 52-41 lead into the fourth quarter.
Capital never wavered, continuing to pound the inside while playing tough defense. The Crusaders held Heidelberg to just 21.4 percent shooting in the entire second half, allowing just three field goals in each quarter and forcing seven Berg turnovers.
Sophomore guard Emily Ondo (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) was the model of consistency, scoring four points in each of the first three quarters before putting up six in the fourth to total a new career high in scoring. She finished with a career- and game-high 18 points while adding four rebounds and two steals. She shot 70 percent (7-10) and was perfect in four trips to the free throw line. Ondo also added four assists and two steals to her line.
Elli Wachtman tallied another solid night with 17 points and seven rebounds, while sister Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) was one rebound away from a double-double after scoring 10 and adding nine rebounds.
Heidelberg finished shooting just 37.3 percent overall after starting the first half with a .565 field goal percentage. Cap held its top players in check with Theresa Jackson serving as the only player to score more than eight points in the game. Jackson finished with 11 and seven rebounds to lead the Student Princes.
Capital has now won two of its last three games and three of its last five, with each win coming by double digits. They now begin a three-game road trip beginning at the University of Mount Union (8-6, 3-4 OAC) this Saturday, Jan. 14.