By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
MARIETTA, Ohio – Capital Women's Basketball had the upper hand over Marietta College for the entire first half, but the Pioneers defended Ban Johnson Arena by rallying in the second to overcome the Crusaders, 80-67. The Pioneers got its long-range game going, leading to the end of Capital's four-game winning streak.
Capital's offense was on fire through the first two quarters of play after the team shot 53.3 percent from the field, and complimented that by holding a plus-six rebounding advantage over its hosts. Four different Capital players hit 50 percent or better of their shots. Freshman Carlie Hulette (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) led Capital with a hot hand that dished out 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, three rebounds and two steals. Senior Annika Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) tossed in nine points and also added three rebounds and two steals. Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) crashed the boards with six rebounds to compliment her six first-half points.
Once the Crusaders acquired the lead at the 4:32 mark of the first quarter, they held it firmly until halftime. The Cap lead was as large as 11 points at one time and took a nine-point advantage into the half.
Marietta turned around its 3-point struggles in the second half, which served as a major catalyst to its comeback. After going 1-for-9 from long range in the first half, the Pioneers came back and hit 8-of-17 3-pointers to jumpstart the offense and take back the lead. Brooke Borich led that effort by hitting 5-of-6 threes and scoring 16 second-half points.
The Pioneers outscored Capital 26-13 in the third quarter and never relinquished the lead after going on a 20-2 run throughout the frame. Four of Capital's nine turnovers in the second half came during that run.
Up four, 52-48, heading into the fourth quarter the Pioneers did not let up and kept adding to its lead with a quick 8-1 outburst. Both teams went scoreless for more than three minutes after that point, but despite their best effort the Crusaders were unable to keep pace with Marietta's second-half rally. Cap got to within six points of the Pioneers with under three minutes to go, but when Marietta was sent to the free-throw line it held up well to seal the win. The hosts went on to score a game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to Capital's 19, which completed the Marietta come-from-behind victory.
Freshman Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) led Capital with 16 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Twelve of her 16 points came from behind the arc, where she went 4-for-7. Risner finished the night with 13 points and a share for the team lead in rebounds (8).
Brooke Borich finished with a game-high 21 points, while teammate Amish Herd posted a double-double behind 12 points and 10 assists. She also posted eight steals and five rebounds. Corrie Burkhardt (18) and Jenna Andersen (15) also finished in double figures scoring.
Capital got to the free-throw line just six times over the course of the game and finished with 18 turnovers. Marietta also ended up winning the battle of the boards, 39-36, and did its job by going 15-for-20 from the charity stripe.
The loss drops Capital to 8-7 in OAC play and back into the number six spot of the current conference standings with three games left to play. The Crusaders' next contest comes this Saturday when the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace University (13-9, 9-6 OAC) come to Columbus. Capital will also be honoring its seniors, Annika Wachtman and Chelsea Pla, in addition to continuing its fight to ascend in the standings. Game time between BW and CU is set for 3 p.m.
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