Women’s Hoops Hits the Trail, Comes Back with 54-41 Win Over Pioneers

Pictured: Elli Wachtman (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Elli Wachtman (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

MARIETTA, Ohio – Following a small road bump over the weekend, Capital University Women's Basketball got back on the right path with a 54-41 road win at Marietta College, Wednesday night. The Crusaders upended the Pioneers, 54-41, with a consistent offensive performance in addition to displaying a stifling defensive effort in the fourth quarter.

Capital's offense got back into a rhythm after shooting 43.8 percent from the field, and twice shot 50 percent or better in a given quarter. Freshman Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) led the Purple and White with 11 points and shared the team lead for rebounds (7) with sister Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington). Junior Meredith Ovies (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) reentered the starting lineup and put down 10 points, her second-best effort of the season.

Though offense put Capital in a good position to bring home victory entering the fourth quarter, it was its defense that slammed the door shut on any sort of a comeback for the hosts. The Pioneers (9-7, 3-6 OAC) were held to just 9.1 percent shooting on 1-of-11 from the field, and three of Capital's eight blocks came in that quarter, two from senior Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio/St. Wendelin). Cap outscored Marietta, 13-4, to earn its seventh win of the season and third in conference play.

In her return to the starting lineup, Ovies cranked out eight points in the opening quarter to get Capital off to a hot start. All 16 first-quarter points came from its starting lineup, which shot 8-for-13 (.615) in the stanza. Over the next two quarters, the Pioneers only picked up one point on the Crusaders' lead, setting the table for their fourth quarter defensive stand.

Off of the bench, Fondessy put up eight points and tallied three blocks, two assists, and two rebounds. Annika Wachtman finished with seven points and seven boards, in addition to two steals.

The Capital defense did not allow any Pioneer player to reach double figures, and no started eclipsed six points. Shay Lett led Marietta with nine points off of the bench. Marietta shot just 28.1 percent from the field and 22 percent from behind the arc.

Capital (7-9, 3-6 OAC) now prepares for its weekend rivalry battle with Otterbein University set for Saturday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. from inside The Rike Center. The women's basketball team kicks off a doubleheader between the Crusaders and Cardinals, and Capital looks to avenge a 59-50 loss from earlier this season.

The Occupy Otterbein movement has started. Students can hit the road with the rest of the fans with bussing, provided by AMP. Sign up outside the SCE offices in the Student Union to catch a bus at 4:15 p.m. for the women's game, 5:15 p.m. for the men's game. Buses will also provide a ride back to Capital, all free of charge. Admission is $3 per person, and wear purple!