Crusaders Cannot Break Ladies’ Defense in Loss

Pictured: Erin Risner (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Erin Risner (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the final day of the Capital / Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament the Capital University women's basketball team succumbed to a stifling Kenyon College defense in its 65-47 loss on Saturday night at The Capital Center Performance Arena. Despite a strong start by all-tournament selection Elle Folan and a 21-point first quarter, the Crusaders were held to just 26 through the last three quarters of play.

Both teams started the game with high shooting marks, each eclipsing the 40 percent range in the first quarter. Capital shot north of 50 percent, fueled by Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) and her 3-for-5 effort from the floor, all from beyond the arc. Folan went on a stretch in which she hit three of four 3-pointers, which kept pace with Kenyon's fast start. Senior Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) hit back-to-back short-range makes, followed by a layup from Caroline Taphorn to give Cap what would be its largest lead of the game at eight points. The Crusaders took a six-point advantage into the second quarter, 21-15.

The two teams' shooting percentages began going in opposite directions as the second quarter progressed. Kenyon's post game also played a key factor in its gradual pull away from the Crusaders. The Ladies outrebounded Cap in each of the next three quarters after the Crusaders held the advantage through the first. Capital also dropped its shooting percentage more than 20 points and was held to seven fewer shots in the second, allowing Kenyon to make up the early deficit and eventually take the lead with Ellie Schaub's 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining before halftime. Capital trailed by just one, though Kenyon's defense would allow for a steady increase to that lead.

Capital was held to just three field goals in the second, third and fourth quarters and shot just 26.4 percent (9-34) combined in that time. Conversely, Kenyon shot 50 percent or better in two of those three frames. Kenyon made a strong push toward the win in the third quarter when the Ladies outscored Cap 21-11.

Folan led CU in scoring with 14 points, 11 of which came in the opening period. She was later named to the Capital/Marriott Columbus Airport All-Tournament Team after finishing the tournament with a line of 34 points, seven rebounds and one steal.

Risner (10) also finished in double figures, while Cassidy Bosch added eight points on 3-of-4 shooting.

Three Kenyon players finished in double digits with Paige Matijasich (18) leading all scorers. Griffin Tullis and Sharon Hull chipped in 14 points, each, and a combined 13 rebounds and five assists between them.

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Capital (5-6) will break for the New Year and jump back into Ohio Athletic Conference action with a road trip to Wilmington College on Jan. 3. Tipoff between the Quakers and Crusaders from Wilmington is set for 7:30 p.m.