By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Wednesday night, the Crusaders were on a mission to acquire their third straight win with a struggling Heidelberg University team visiting the The Capital Center. Capital Women's Basketball had yet another dominant offensive showing and complimented that effort with a strong performance on the defensive end, leading to a win by its largest margin of the season. Behind Regan Stonerock's career-high 17 points the Crusaders defeated the Student Princes, 73-43.
Though Heidelberg (4-16, 2-11 OAC) took an early lead it was short-lived once Capital's offense started clicking. Freshman guard Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) hit a 3-pointer from the right wing off a give by senior Annika Wachtman to give CU its first lead with 6:29 to go in the first half. From that point on, it was all Cap.
Capital (11-9, 7-6 OAC) did not trail at any point during the game once they acquiesced the lead from its guest and immediately began creating distance. Four different Crusaders helped the Purple and White score seven straight points, and freshman Caroline Taphorn (Harrison, Ohio/McAuley) helped grow the lead to eight on her third field goal of the frame. Not only did the offense shoot an impressive 57.1 percent (8-14) from the field but they also limited Heidelberg's second chances by outrebounding the Student Princes, 10-3. Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) scored eight of her 17 points in the first quarter behind a perfect 4-for-4 shooting effort.
Junior Cassidy Bosch then opened up the second quarter scoring with a drive to the rack, which jumpstarted an 11-2 run out of the break. Folan hit a pair of threes as part of a Capital breakaway that led to the lead growing to as many as 18 points by the middle of the quarter.
While the Capital scorers were doing their jobs, Heidelberg struggled mightily on its offensive end. The Crusader defense forced the Student Princes into many ill-advised and rushed shot attempts, leading to a second-quarter shooting percentage of .063. The Berg hit just one field goal on 16 attempts marking nearly a 35 percent drop in its shooting rate. Cap outscored Heidelberg 15-5 in the second and took a 36-19 lead into halftime.
The Capital advantage widened as the game progressed, hitting its third-quarter peak at 28 points, 56-28. Even as younger players sought playing time with the game well in hand, the points continued to streamline. Eleven different Crusaders hit the scoresheet and 18 of Cap's 73 points came off the bench.
Four Capital starters found their way into double figures, paced by Stonerock's career-high 17. She also led the team with seven rebounds and finished the game hitting 7-of-8 field goal attempts.
Off the bench, freshman Allison Roach scored a career-high six points after hitting both of her attempts including one from 3-point range.
Capital did not dip below 40 percent from the field in any of the four quarters and finished the game shooting 47.3 percent as a team. They hit 17-of-19 free throws, good for an 89.5 percent success rate. Capital also held a large rebounding advantage, 39-29, as well as points in the paint, 30-10.
Conversely, Heidelberg shot just 26.9 percent from the field and 21.1 percent from distance. Madelyn Crawford led the Student Princes with 14 points and 11 rebounds, though no other Berg player scored more than eight in the contest.
The win marks the second time Capital has accumulated three consecutive wins this season. The Crusaders seek a fourth straight victory when they travel to the University of Mount Union this Saturday, Feb. 3 for a 3 p.m. matchup.
Mount Union (11-9, 8-5 OAC) defeated Capital at home earlier this season, 58-55, in a close game that was determined in the fourth quarter. Capital sits one game back of the fifth-place Purple Raiders in the Ohio Athletic Conference standings.