By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball suffered its first loss of the season after falling to Baldwin Wallace University, 73-61, in The Capital Center on Tuesday night. Capital is now 6-1 and 3-1 in Ohio Athletic Conference play with a weekend trip to Scranton, Pa. looming this weekend.
Though the final shows a 12-point differential, the quarter-by-quarter action was close to even after the first frame. Capital struggled on the offensive end to begin the game, hitting just 3-of-12 (.250) field goals, though Baldwin Wallace (8-0, 3-0 OAC) did just marginally better after shooting just 4-of-14 (.286). Turnovers took away eight chances for the Crusaders to score and the hosts were unable to answer a pair of 3-pointers, which served as the major reason the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 14-8 lead after the first quarter.
Despite Capital's shooting percentages rising as the game wore on, turnovers continued to mar the Crusaders all game long. Cap committed a total of 21 turnovers, which was equal to that of Baldwin Wallace, but the Yellow Jackets were more efficient in cashing in on those extra chances with 18 of its points coming off CU miscues. For much of the game, the Crusaders seemed out of sync and were unable to get its outside game going following a 0-for-11 display from 3-point range.
While the Yellow Jackets actually finished with a lower shooting percentage (.385) than Capital (.404) for the game, BW made its mark from behind the arc by hitting 9-of-23 from distance. With that, Baldwin Wallace began to create distance from the Crusaders. Without its 3-point game functioning, Capital was unable to make up the ground despite shooting 40 percent or better from the field in each of the final three frames.
Junior Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) paced Cap with 19 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on the evening.
Baldwin Wallace featured three double-digit scorers, led by Lilly Edwards (14).
Capital will ready itself for two games this weekend at the Scranton Hilton - Poinsettia Tournament, hosted by Scranton University (Pa.). The Crusaders will kick off their stay with a game against Ithaca University on Friday afternoon, beginning at 4 p.m.