By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – For the second consecutive day, Capital University's Erin Risner led the Crusader offense, and on Saturday the defense joined the party. This time Capital was rewarded for its efforts with a 63-55 victory over a postseason regular, Calvin College, on day two of the Chuck Resler Invitational at the University of Rochester.
Capital (1-1) had to overcome a five-point deficit after the first quarter which was fueled by Calvin's Kara Minderhoud's 10 points and perfect shooting line. Freshman Caroline Taphorn's 3-pointer in addition to sophomore Regan Stonerock's four points off the bench helped keep it close, 18-13.
The Crusaders flipped the script on the Knights with a strong rebounding effort, outdoing Calvin 11-4 in that category in the second quarter. While the Knights shot better, Capital quelled its number of chances with four offensive rebounds and by inducing four turnovers, as well. Freshman Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) displayed her long-range game in the stanza, hitting 2-of-3 attempts and feeding into Cap's 16 second-quarter points. After her first trey, both defenses were engaged and kept the other team scoreless for nearly three minutes until sophomore Cassidy Bosch broke the silence with a layup that made it 21-20, Calvin leading. Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) and Katie Harrop then hit back-to-back buckets to give Cap its first lead of the game with 4:12 to go in the second.
The teams took a 29-29 tie into the locker room and played that close through most of the third quarter. Senior guard Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) created a four-point gap with a three-ball with two seconds remaining, which would signal the beginning of Capital's breakaway. Calvin went cold at the wrong time, hitting just 3-of-12 in the third quarter and again was outrebounded by Cap.
Including the Wachtman trey, Capital went on an 8-2 run to create a seven-point lead over the Knights that included another make by Wachtman a basket from junior Emily Ondo. Both teams went on to shoot 50 percent of better in the fourth, but Capital also displayed success at the free-throw line, hitting 10-of-14 in the final frame in addition to going 5-for-9 from the field. Risner went 8-for-10 from the charity stripe in the fourth, alone.
Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) finished as Cap's high scorer with 14 points and collected her first double-double of the season behind 10 rebounds. Wachtmann joined her in double-digits with 11. Capital's bench also contributed with a total of 23 points, eight of which came from Stonerock.
In her first collegiate action, freshman Katie Harrop (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) scored six points off the bench in 11 minutes played. Freshman Jocie Kaiser (Fort Recovery, Ohio/Fort Recovery) also scored her first points as a Crusader, finishing the afternoon with three.
Following back-to-back 14-point performances, Risner earned a spot on the Chuck Resler Invitational All-Tournament Team. She finished with a 10-for-27 line from the field and also added five steals, one block, 18 rebounds, and seven assists over the course of the weekend.
Capital will now use the next two days to prepare for a bout with regional foe Wittenberg University on Tuesday, Nov. 21, which serves as the team's home opener. Tipoff against the Tigers is set for 7:30 p.m. from inside The Capital Center.