By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
SCRANTON, Pa. – Capital University Women's Basketball fell in its opening game of the Scranton Hilton-Poinsettia Tournament on Friday evening. The Crusaders took on the Ithaca College Bombers at the John Long Center at Scranton University (Pa.) and lost in an 86-53 decision, marking just their second loss of the season.
A combination of Ithaca's strong 3-point shooting effort and Capital's high turnover count led to the Bombers' 30-point win. Ithaca (7-1) rushed out to a 27-10 lead at the end of the first quarter after forcing eight CU turnovers and shooting 52.6 percent (10-19) from field-goal range, including a 4-for-4 show from behind the arc. Cap's performance improved in the second, but the Bombers remaining hot from distance by going 5-for-6 from 3-point range.
Capital faced a 48-24 deficit at halftime and was unable to overcome its early shortcomings. The third quarter proved to be more even-keeled despite seven more turnovers, but the Crusaders fell cold in the fourth quarter after they shot just 4-of-14 (.286) from the floor. Meanwhile, the Bombers added to its lead which reached 33 by the time the final horn sounded.
Capital (6-2) finished the game shooting 40.9 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3-point range, but Ithaca bested both of those marks and scored 37 of its 86 points off of 25 CU turnovers.
Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) led the Crusaders with 13 points and seven rebounds. In her first collegiate start, freshman Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) scored 11 points and tallied five rebounds.
The Crusaders will regroup and get back into action later this weekend when they take on host Scranton on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.