COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital Women's Basketball saved the best for last and had its best offensive night of the season in a monster win over John Carroll University, Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders shot better than 50 percent from the field and Colleen Fondessy celebrated her Senior Day in style by leading Cap in its 87-65 victory over the Blue Streaks at The Capital Center. The team did its part by winning a game it needed, and with a little help around the OAC the Crusaders will play on in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament against its rival on Monday night.
Capital dominated the first half, building a 17-point lead to take into halftime behind its strong shooting performance of the season. Combined, Cap shot 19-of-35 (.543) over the first two quarters with senior Colleen Fondessy scoring 12 of her team-high 22 points during that time. On a day where it seemed like the Crusaders could not miss, the starting lineup hit eight out of 12 field goals in the opening quarter and coupled that with two blocks and four forced turnovers on the defensive side.
While John Carroll woke up its long-range game in the second quarter with a trio of treys, Capital went out of character and hit both of its 3-point attempts to combat that. Capital also played poised on the other end, committing just three fouls and not allowing any free throw chances to the Blue Streaks. Meanwhile, Capital's shooting continued to be hot, hitting 50 percent of its attempts in the second quarter. Junior guard Meredith Ovies came alive and went 3-of-4 from the field for eight points.
The halftime meeting was short for Cap and nothing need be said as they kept applying the offensive pressure and further upped their shooting percentages. For the third straight quarter they shot better than 50 percent and outscored John Carroll to further their lead. Fondessy again paced the Crusaders and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to accumulate eight points in the frame. After outscoring JCU for the third straight quarter, Capital's lead was comfortable enough to give additional bench players some playing time in the fourth.
The Capital defense did its part in limiting all players outside of league standout Katlyn Spahar. While Spahar chucked up 24 shots, landing half of those, and scored a game-high 34 points, no other JCU player scored more than eight points in the contest. Capital also dominated on the boards, outrebounding JCU 48-28, which ultimately led to them outscoring the Blue Streaks in second-chance points, 24-9.
Fondessy fell one point shy or matching her career high in points scored, while adding five rebounds and one block to her line. Joining her in double digits was Ovies (13), junior Chelsea Pla (15) and sophomore Erin Risner (12). Fondessy now has 496 career points and is four shy of hitting the 500 mark for her career.
Pla had a day after recording her third double-double of the season after adding 11 rebounds, which only further padded her stat line. She also had five helpers, three steals and one block to add to an all-around strong performance.
Capital did its part by winning its regular season finale and had to let the dust settle around the conference to see if, when and where it would be playing in the upcoming OAC Tournament. Capital not only made the tournament, but will go back to Westerville to play its rival, Otterbein University, on Monday night. Capital (7-18, 5-13 OAC) earned the eight seed in the tournament and will play fifth-seeded Otterbein at The Rike Center at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that contest will play at Wilmington College on Tuesday night.