TIFFIN, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team fell to the Heidelberg University Student Princes, 76-63, at the Seiberling Gymnasium. Heidelberg's offense was consistent, and the middle periods put Cap at a severe disadvantage in the loss.
Capital (9-11, 5-7 OAC) started shooting at an incredible rate, knocking down better than 60 percent of their total field goal attempts. Emily Ondo (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) led the Purple and White with five points in the opening frame, though Heidelberg's offensive showed a glimpse of what would be throughout the course of the game. Cap took a two-point lead into the second quarter, where the offense began to stall and allowed the Student Princes to pull ahead.
Tied 32-32 with just under five minutes to go, Heidelberg went on a 12-2 run to end the quarter which turned out to be a turning point for the hosts. Capital missed six straight shots and committed a pair of turnovers during that run, while Heidelberg hit four out of their next eight shot attempts and mixed in three free throw makes. Carli Patrick had five points, two rebounds and one block during that sequence to lead the Student Princes.
Out of the locker room, Capital began on a hot streak by hitting their first three field goal attempts, including an and-one conversion by senior Colleen Fondessy (Fostoria, Ohio/St. Wendelin). However, Heidelberg answered each call with a make of their own and after that sequence remained in front by 12 points, 54-42. In the final 4:09 of the third quarter, Capital was held to just four points and one field goal while Heidelberg went on to score nine and increase their lead to 19 points. Heidelberg shot 11-for-16 (.688) in the third quarter alone, pacing them to finish above 50 percent for the game.
Though Capital gained some ground in the fourth quarter and held the Student Princes to just nine points in that final frame, too much damage had been done to overcome such a deficit. In that fourth quarter, Capital forced six turnovers, four via steals, and blocked two shots. Heidelberg made just three of their 13 field goal attempts in that frame.
Junior Chelsea Pla (Macedonia, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) ended as Cap's top scorer with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She and Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) were the lone Crusaders to finish in double figures after Wachtman dropped 10 points. Fondessy filled multiple stat columns well, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.
Marisa Liburdi led all scorers with 22 points and added five rebounds to her line. Joining her in double figures for Heidelberg was Maddie Davault (11), Theresa Jackson (11) and Carli Patrick (13).
Capital brings its game back to The Capital Center this Saturday afternoon where they welcome the University of Mount Union for a 3 p.m. tipoff. Capital also welcomes residents of Bexley and the Greater Columbus area to the arena to watch the game for free as a show of appreciation for their continued support of our teams. If you have children between first and eighth grades, a free youth basketball clinic will be offered by national championship head coach Dixie Jeffers and the Crusaders! You can also meet your favorite Crusaders after the game and get their autographs in our postgame meet-and-greet event on the floor, immediately after the game.