By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball won its third straight game to begin the 2018-19 season. The Crusaders defeated the Tigers of Wittenberg University, 66-53, at Pam Evans-Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio on Tuesday night behind 10-plus point performances from three different CU players.
Capital (3-0) maintained consistency on the offensive end by holding up high shooting percentages throughout the game. The Crusaders shot better than 45 percent and over 50 percent twice in three of the four quarters. Sophomore guard Riley Hagy (New Lexington, Ohio/Bishop Rosecrans) was the centerpiece of the CU offense in the first, hitting 4-of-7 shots from the field for eight points. The defense also did its part by forcing the Tigers into seven turnovers. Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) did her part with one steal and one block before getting it done on the other end.
Though Cap's shooting numbers went down as a team, Risner paced Cap with six points and was perfect shooting from both the free-throw line (2-2) and the field (2-2). Carlie Hulette came off the bench and dropped in five points of her own while the defense held the Tigers to just 5-for-14 (.357) shooting. Heading into the half, Capital took a seven-point lead which would continue to build over two more quarters of play.
Wittenberg's offensive woes continued coming out of the locker room after Capital's defense continue to stifle its momentum. The Tigers were held to just 3-for-15 (.200) shooting while Capital held the edge in rebounds, 11-5, to keep them caged. Sophomore guard Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) sent a charge into the Capital offense by hitting 4-for-5 field goals, three of those from 3-point range, for 11 of the team's 13 third-quarter points.
With a 12-point lead in hand heading into the final frame, Capital and Wittenberg went bucket for bucket in the game's highest scoring quarter. Capital stood its ground and kept the Tigers scoreless from beyond the perimeter to aid in clinching a 66-53 win.
Wittenberg struggled mightily from behind the arc, hitting just 5-of-21 attempts from distance. That fed into the team's 30.5 field goal percentage, while Capital shot 46.9 percent from the field and went 6-of-18 from 3-point range.
Folan and Hagy left the arena with a share for the game-high scoring mark behind 16 points, each. Risner joined the duo in double digits with 12 points and added five rebounds and four assists. Caroline Taphorn and Regan Stonerock shared the team lead with six rebounds apiece.
Capital will take the next week off and return to the hardwood on Dec. 1 to open Ohio Athletic Conference play with a rivalry contest against Otterbein University (0-2). Round one of the rivalry will be held in Westerville with a 3 p.m. tipoff time.