COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball played host to Marietta College on Wednesday night, but fell in a 64-48 decision at The Capital Center. Capital committed more than 20 turnovers and was unable to counter with its offense, leading to the team's fourth straight loss.
Capital's offense struggled for the majority of Wednesday night's contest after it shot 27 percent or lower in three of four quarters. The trend of turnovers and low shooting percentages began in the first quarter when after holding a slim lead early but saw it fade following a Marietta 11-2 run that lasted more than four minutes. In that time, Capital committed five of its seven turnovers and missed 3-of-4 shot attempts while the Pioneers pulled away. Marietta exited the opening quarter with an 18-9 lead.
The offense did not fare will for Capital in the second quarter either, dipping from a 27 percent field goal shooting percentage to 19 percent. Meanwhile, Marietta worked the mid-range game to shoot 50 percent (6-12). Capital had its chances and held a rebounding advantage, 13-7, in the frame but was unable to convert. Junior forward Chelsea Pla (Macedonia, Ohio/Macedonia) scored seven of her team-high nine points in that frame, while adding four rebounds. Despite the offensive struggles, Cap found itself down just 11 at the half.
Capital shot its best during the third when it went 6-for-12 from the field and held a 9-5 rebounding edge over the Pioneers. Marietta countered by matching Capital's number of field goals made and also induced nine trips to the free throw line, converting seven of those chances. Marietta added eight more points to its lead, making for a 19-point game. Marietta went on to win by 16, 64-48.
Pla was one point short of her third double-double of the season after ending the night with 11 rebounds. It marked the first time since Nov. 19 that the junior hit double figures in boards. Freshman Sam Sech scored seven points, a new career high.
Cap finished the evening with 23 turnovers, resulting in 24 Marietta points. Capital did force 19 turnovers, which were converted into 15 points.
Brooke Borich led all scorers with 20 points while her teammate Amisha Herd joined her in double digits with 16 points.
Capital (9-13, 5-10 OAC) now rests in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Ohio Athletic Conference standings with three games left to play. Cap's next two contests take them on the road, first against Baldwin Wallace University this Saturday, Feb. 11. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. in Berea, Ohio.