Second-Quarter Scoring Binge Helps Capital Take Down Oberlin in Season-Opening Contest

Pictured: Caroline Taphorn
Pictured: Caroline Taphorn

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball opened the 2018-19 season with a win on Friday against Oberlin College, 39-34, thanks to a strong second-quarter performance. It was the first game of two played at John Carroll University this weekend as part of the JCU Tip Off Tournament.

Capital got out to a 10-9 lead after the first quarter but a strong second quarter really put the Crusaders ahead. Freshman Brooke Ommert (Wakeman, Ohio/Western Reserve) hit a layup to start the period and increase Cap's lead to three. Ommert then hit another shot in the paint, drew a foul and converted the free throw to increase the lead to 15-9.

The Yeowomen cut the deficit to 17-13 midway through the quarter but Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) hit a pair of free throws and a layup and Crusaders increased the lead again to 23-15 after Carlie Hulette (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) hit two from the charity stripe. With less than a minute to play in the half, sophomore Caroline Taphorn (Harrison, Ohio/McAuley) joined the fun with a layup and a jumper with two seconds left to put Capital up 10 at the half. Capital scored almost half of their total points with the 17-point second period.

Stonerock led all scorers with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting at the break and had three rebounds.

The second half started slowly, with Capital getting the first points of the half at the 5:50 mark of the quarter, a 3-pointer by Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline). Riley Hagy (New Lexington, Ohio/Bishop Rosecrans) increased the score to 32-17 but six consecutive points by Oberlin closed the gap slightly. Stonerock ended the run with a layup with 58 seconds left in the period.

Oberlin began the fourth quarter with four unanswered points to cut the lead to three at 34-31 as the Crusaders started the quarter 0-for-5 from the floor. A Folan 3-pointer ended the run but Alexandra Stipano got the three points right back and Capital led 37-34 with just over four minutes to play.

From the 4:26 mark until 15 seconds left in the game, neither team scored until Stonerock hit the game-sealing jumper to ice the win. Stonerock led all scorers with 15 points. Folan was second on the team with six points. No Oberlin players scored in double figures. Stipano led the Yeowomen with nine points.

Although the Crusaders came away with the win, Capital shot poorly from the field, hitting only 15-of-54 shots, 27.8 percent. Oberlin shot better from the floor, 12-of-32, but took 22 fewer shots than the Crusaders.

Capital faces a quick turnaround and will close out the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 17 against Hiram College. Cap and Hiram are scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m.