Fourth Quarter Breakaway Starts ‘Occupy Otterbein’ with Victory

(photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Sports Photography)
(photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Sports Photography)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball posted its second straight road win, this time against rival Otterbein University. The Purple and White kicked off a full day of intense rivalry action with a 74-64 win at The Rike Center, backed by Regan Stonerock's 16 points and a breakaway fourth quarter.

Capital (8-9, 4-6 OAC) entered the fourth quarter down two points, but the Crusaders pecked at Otterbein over the first three minutes with an 8-2 run. Sophomore Regan Stonerock (Westfall, Ohio/Westfall) began the run by tying the game with a drive to the bucket and then helped Cap regain the lead with another layup to make the score 52-50. She continued to help Cap make an early breakaway with a pair of free throws that stemmed from a foul after a drive to the hoop. Six of Stonerock's eight fourth-quarter points came in a 1:37 span of time, but the space created was enough to guide Cap on a comfortable ride to its fourth OAC win of the season. Only once did Otterbein threaten to take the lead back, but foul trouble doomed the Cardinals on a day that Cap shot 80 percent from the free throw line. Capital hit 11-of-13 free throws down the stretch, coupled with another bucket by Stonerock, to build its insurmountable lead.

Otterbein (7-10, 3-7 OAC) broke out to a nine-point lead in the opening quarter, and while Cap was quick to close the gap in the second, it was a steady dose of close to mid-range jumpers that aided the hosts. In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals broke away from that strategy and began shooting an increased number of 3-pointers, but without success. Eleven of the 18 3-point shots taken by Otterbein came in the fourth quarter, and Otterbein hit just two of those. That allowed for a vast rebounding edge to be had by Capital while the Crusaders also exploded offensively after hitting 5-of-7 (.714) of their field goals.

Junior Meredith Ovies (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) and sophomore Emily Ondo (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) got Capital started on the right foot with a 5-0 miniature run and the lead lasted through the first five minutes of the opening frame but Otterbein went on a 13-0 run to end the quarter behind six missed shots and three turnovers.

Cap's fortunes turned in the second quarter when starting off the frame with another small run that gained five points on Otterbein's lead. Sophomore Sarah Junker (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) scored four of the team's points during that run, and Stonerock chipped in four more to keep the game a four-point affair, 24-20. Stonerock was not done, adding another bucket to regain the lead by the midway point. Cap and Otterbein went blow for blow and only free throws at the end of the quarter created the 35-33 lead taken into the locker room by the Cardinals.

Stonerock strung together a career-tying 16 points and was one of four Crusaders to finish with 10 or more points on the evening. Joining her was Ondo (14), Erin Risner (12), and Chelsea Pla (10). Risner also shared the team lead for rebounds (7) with Ovies. Together, Cap shot 49 percent from the field and hit 24-of-30 (.800) of its free throws. They also held a major advantage in the rebounding game, outdoing Otterbein, 33-24.

Capital will go for its third win in a row against Muskingum University at home on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tipoff against the Muskies is set for 7:30 p.m.