By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ADA, Ohio – Capital Women's Basketball opened its conference slate with a tough task on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders faced off with No. 15 Ohio Northern University at the ONU Sports Complex in Ada, Ohio where the winter air chilled Cap's offense in a 64-38 defeat.
Neither team shot particularly well in the first quarter and combined for 9-for-25 shooting between them. Capital blocked a pair of Polar Bear shot attempts to help keep the deficit to just two points, 12-10, after the first quarter. However, the defending regular season and tournament champions came out on a big run to start the second quarter.
Ohio Northern (5-1, 1-0 OAC) set the tone for the quarter with a 15-2 run out of the gate and outscored Capital 24-11 to take a 36-21 score into the halftime break. Amidst that run, Capital committed three turnovers and missed its first three of four field goal attempts. Freshman Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) broke up that streak with the first of her two 3-pointers, but Ohio Northern held its large advantage for the duration of the quarter despite being held to just two points over the final 2:45 of the half.
Capital's offensive woes continued after making just two out of 15 shot attempts in the third quarter. Ohio Northern added five to its overall lead with a pair of 3-point makes, but the damage was mitigated by the Polar Bear's 21 percent shooting rate in the frame.
With a 20-point lead in hand, Ohio Northern continued to use its offense as its best defense and outscored the Crusaders 18-12 in the fourth quarter. Ohio Northern successfully defended its home floor by handing Cap a 64-38 loss in both teams' OAC opener.
The Crusaders were held to just 31.5 percent shooting from the field and had five shots blocked, four of those by Amy Bullimore. Bullimore finished with a double-double behind 10 points and 12 rebounds in addition to her defensive play under the bucket.
Junior Emily Ondo (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area) and Folan led the Crusaders on the offensive end with eight points each. Ondo also held the team lead in rebounding with six.
Capital (2-3, 0-1 OAC) will play its next three games at home. They welcome Muskingum University to The Capital Center on Thursday, Dec. 7 for a 7:30 p.m. start in their next action.