ALLIANCE, Ohio – Capital Women's Basketball was unable to replicate its offensive performance from four days ago during the first leg of its lengthy road game streak. Capital dropped to 6-9 overall and 2-6 against Ohio Athletic Conference competition after its shooting struggles continued as part of a 61-42 loss at the University of Mount Union on Saturday at The MAAC.
Capital's offense was unable to match Mount Union's 20-point first quarter effort, hitting just 2-of-11 shot attempts. The Purple Raiders were able to muster eight more attempts and sink seven, while also holding a 13-3 rebounding advantage over Capital, a theme that held true throughout the course of the game.
Capital's defense opened the door for them to get back into the game, but were only able to gain three points on the Purple Raiders following the conclusion of the second quarter. Cap forced six turnovers and held Mount to just 15.8 percent shooting in the quarter, but shot just 16.7 percent itself. Heading into the half, Mount Union held a 27-18 advantage over the Crusaders.
Mount Union got its offense back into gear with 17 points in both the third and fourth quarters, outscoring Cap 34-24 in the second half of the game. Cap scored just six points on 2-of-15 shooting in the third quarter, putting them in a 44-24 disadvantage heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
Six of sophomore Erin Risner's team-leading 10 points came in the fourth quarter, as did all of freshman Regan Stonerock's seven points. Cap enjoyed their best quarter shooting in the fourth, hitting 36.8 percent (7-19) of its field goal attempts, but 13 fouls put the Purple Raiders on the free throw line 20 times, where they kept pace by hitting 12 of those attempts despite going just 2-for-10 from the field.
Mount Union held a large rebounding advantage over Capital, 62-39, while neither team ended the game shooting higher than 31 percent. Rachel Tinkey led all scorers with 11 points for Mount Union. Capital's starters were held to just 16 points, with Stonerock and sophomore Emily Ondo account for seven, each.
Capital looks to get back into the win column in the second of three straight road games, their next taking them to Marietta College on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.