By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter of Saturday evening's conference contest against the University of Mount Union, but the Crusaders were unable to generate any offense in the final stanza, allowing the Purple Raiders to come back to defeat CU, 58-55.
Capital (8-7, 4-4 OAC) was in a healthy position after taking a seven-point lead into the half and posting 23 points in the second quarter. However, Mount Union began to improve on both sides of the ball following some halftime adjustments. After making up three points in the third quarter, the Purple Raiders held the Crusaders to zero made field goals on 11 attempts in the fourth quarter. Capital was outscored 12-5 in the frame, and all five points came by way of free throws.
CU found itself down by just two points with less than one minute to go in the game and then received a big block by junior Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) on a Mount Union drive to the basket, marking her second of the quarter. Mount Union collected the loose ball and soon after sent Casey Morrissette to the free-throw line. Morrissette missed the backend of the pair, and Risner's big rebound gave Cap a chance down 55-52. Mount Union came out of a timeout with the strategy to take the three ball away from Capital and put Annika Wachtman at the free-throw line. The senior went 1-for-2 on the trip, inducing a free throw competition. Again, Mount Union split a pair of freebies giving life to the Capital sideline. The same strategy was applied, and while Elle Folan hit both shots Mount Union answered on the other end and outlasted the Crusaders on their home floor.
Neither team was separated by more than one possession until the four-minute mark of the second quarter when Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) worked inside for a layup to make it a 29-25 game in Capital's favor. That lead was extended out to seven points when freshman Carlie Hulette (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) hit a 3-point shot from the top of the arc with mere seconds remaining before halftime. Capital finished the second quarter hitting 10-of-20 (.500) from the field and outrebounding Mount Union, 10-5, to aid in generating its lead.
Mount Union's Jamie Sanborn paved the way with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Purple Raiders, leading a trio of double-digit scorers.
Hulette led the way for Capital, scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Thirteen of those points came in the first half.
Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) set a new career high with 15 rebounds against Mount Union, and added eight points on the offensive end.
Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) joined Hulette in double figures, finishing with 10 points.
The Crusaders' three-game losing streaks comes to an end with the loss and now prepare to welcome the No. 22 Marietta College Pioneers to The Capital Center on Wednesday, Jan. 17 for a 7:30 p.m. contest.