By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team had its fair share of offensive struggles throughout Saturday afternoon's contest against Baldwin Wallace University, leading to a 77-51 loss at The Capital Center on its Senior Day.
Capital (12-11, 8-8 OAC) was bothered by turnovers and low shooting percentages through the first two quarters of play. Conversely, Baldwin Wallace (14-9, 10-6 OAC) went on a major run toward the end of the first quarter that set the tone for the rest of the game. While Capital mustered just six field goals and 14 points in the first half, the Yellow Jackets outscored the Crusaders 15-2 to end the first quarter. That run fed into a 22-2 run that fed into the second quarter. CU was held scoreless through the opening five minutes of the second stanza before Cassidy Bosch broke up the streak. BW held Cap to just five points in the second quarter and took a 33-14 lead into halftime.
The Crusaders' offense ignited for 25 points in the third quarter, dramatically improving its shooting percentages in a very short amount of time, but for every Capital bucket that seemed to jumpstart the bench, Baldwin Wallace had an answer. While Cap went 8-for-12 (.667) from the field, Baldwin Wallace kept pace with hot 3-point shooting. The guests hit 6-of-9 triples in the quarter, led by Hannah Fecht who hit all four of her tries.
The Baldwin Wallace lead at one point dipped down to 12 points, but the Crusaders simply were unable to keep pace with the Yellow Jackets' offense. BW's Kara Marshall posted nine fourth-quarter points to pace the Yellow Jackets in the fourth, a quarter in which Cap was outscored 22-12.
Capital hit a rough patch in its long-range game by going 0-for-8 from distance. They also were outrebounded by 15 and went just 11-for-20 (.550) from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Regan Stonerock (Westfall, Ohio/Circleville) led the Crusaders with 15 points and seven rebounds, both team highs. Junior Erin Riser (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) joined her in double digits (10) and also added four rebounds. Off the bench, Cassidy Bosch (Logan, Ohio/Logan) had nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, seven of those points coming in Capital's strong third quarter.
Baldwin Wallace's Fecht led all scorers with 20 points and finished the day with six 3-pointers. The Yellow Jackets, as a team, went 12-for-20 (.600) from long range to aid in their victory.
Capital will play its final regular season home game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 14, when they welcome Wilmington College to town for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff inside The Capital Center. Capital is currently sixth in the Ohio Athletic Conference team standings. With a win and a Mount Union loss, the Crusaders could still be in the running for the fifth seed in the upcoming OAC Tournament. Otherwise, they will be locked into the sixth seed.