Women’s Hoops Falls to Rival Otterbein on the Road

Elle Wachtman (24) was one of three Crusaders to score in double digits despite a loss to Otterbein. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Elle Wachtman (24) was one of three Crusaders to score in double digits despite a loss to Otterbein. (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball went into The Rike Center looking for redemption after an earlier loss to its cross-town rival, Otterbein University. However, on Saturday afternoon the Cardinals jumped out to a strong start and rolled to a 69-54 victory over the Crusaders in round two of the rivalry.

Out of the gate, Capital turned the ball over twice which led directly to a pair of Otterbein baskets. The Cardinals started the game on a 6-0 run and despite going 0-for-5 from behind the arc, still shot 41.2 percent and outrebounded Capital 11-6 to fuel an eight-point advantage after the first quarter.

While Capital's numbers improved in the second quarter, the Cardinals continued to hit their stride and increased their lead by 11 additional points. The Crusaders decreased their turnover count and lessened the rebounding margin in the frame but Otterbein shot better than 50 percent from the field, led by Ali Cartnal's 12 points in the frame. Once Otterbein achieved a double-digit lead midway through the second, Capital did not get back to within 10 for the duration of the game.

The third quarter was the lone period in which Capital held an advantage, but only picked up one point on its hosts. While Cap hit half of its 12 shots in the fourth, Otterbein continued to better them on the offensive end, hitting 6-of-9 (.667) from the field.

Capital (8-9, 4-6 OAC) had three players score 10 or more points with Elli Wachtman (10), Elle Folan (11) and Carlie Hulette (12) all achieving double-digit point totals, but after those three scorers the rest of the lineup accounted for just 21 points.

Cartnal led all scorers with 15 points and chipped in four assists, while teammates Kiersten Taylor (14) and Abbie Scholz (12) joined her in double figures. Scholz ended the day with a double-double after adding 10 rebounds.

The Crusaders' next contest will put them on the road once again, this time taking them to New Concord, Ohio for a matchup with the Muskingum University Fighting Muskies. Cap and Muskingum will meet on Wednesday evening with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff from Performance Court.