BEREA, Ohio – Capital Women's Basketball dropped a road contest at Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, 63-43. The Yellow Jackets used a strong first quarter to separate from Cap, and handed the Purple and White its fifth straight loss.
Capital (9-14, 5-11 OAC) struggled on the offensive end in the first quarter, hitting just one of 15 field goal attempts. That field goal off the hands of junior Chelsea Pla (Macedonia, Ohio/Macedonia) at the 6:22 mark, but Cap's remaining points came by way of free throws, of which they were 4-for-4.
Meanwhile, Baldwin Wallace (19-4, 12-4 OAC) shot 60 percent from the field, including a trio of 3-point makes. Baldwin Wallace's Mackenzie Colombo scored seven of her game-high 17 points in the opening frame to pace the hosts. Baldwin Wallace led Cap 17-6 after one quarter.
The Crusaders cranked it up in the second quarter after they improved their shooting percentage greatly, from single digits to 54.5 percent. Sophomore Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) came off the bench and scored four points in seven minutes, while Pla once again led Cap with six points in the frame. Capital also dominated the boards in the second, 8-3, caused a trio of turnovers and blocked one BW shot. Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets were able to equal Capital's 16 points with strong shooting of their own, dispersed among seven different scorers. With no advantage gained in the score column, BW maintained its 11-point lead going into halftime, 33-22.
Needing to chip away at Baldwin Wallace's lead, the opposite occurred as the hosts picked up a few more points than their guests in each of the remaining two quarters of play. Capital went shot-for-shot with BW for much of the quarter, but the Yellow Jackets scored each of the last four points of the third quarter, making the difference. That ending to the quarter also fueled a small run to begin the fourth when Sydney Clark hit a three, and was later complimented by a pair of free throws by Mackenzi Matthews. Capital retaliated with a 6-0 run of its own, but Colombo answered with five straight points to nearly negate the streak. The final 3:46 of the game featured zero points between either squad, leading to the final score of 63-43.
Risner finished as Capital's leading scorer, pouring in 14 points and receiving significant minutes after entering the game early in the contest. She also had four rebounds, one assist and one block. Joining her in double digits was Pla, with 10 points. Cap finished the day shooting 31.5 percent from the field, as a team, compared to BW's 37.5 percent.
Baldwin Wallace was led by Colombo's 17 points and Clark's 14 points. The hosts also had 11 different scorers, including seven bench players.
Capital now finds itself in a tie for eighth place in the current Ohio Athletic Conference standings with two games left to play in the regular season. Capital has third place Wilmington College (15-8, 11-5 OAC) and last place John Carroll (6-17, 4-12 OAC) remaining on the schedule as they head into the homestretch.
Capital and Wilmington will meet in Wilmington this Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Capital defeated the Fightin' Quakers earlier this season, 57-43, on Jan. 4.