Second-Half Showing Leads to Capital Win at Muskingum

Pictured: Emma Burns (photo credit: Taylor Gibbs)
Pictured: Emma Burns (photo credit: Taylor Gibbs)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball extended its winning streak to three games on Wednesday night thanks to a strong second-half showing from the Crusaders at Muskingum University. Capital outscored its host 46-33 in the final 20 minutes of the game to win 73-57.

The Crusaders (12-6, 7-4 Ohio Athletic Conference) came out firing in the first quarter with three made 3-point baskets in the first 10 minutes, two from Elle Folan and one from Emma Burns. The sharp shooting helped Capital gain an early lead and the Crusaders were ahead 15-13 going into the second period.

The Muskies scored the first three points of the second via an and-one from Devyn Bonner but Capital quickly regained the upper hand thanks to a Burns jumper. Muskingum took an 18-17 advantage following a Capital offensive foul. The two sides traded scores down the stretch of the second quarter and the Crusaders eventually took a 27-24 lead into the halftime break.

Following the intermission, Capital's offense caught fire once again with an 11-3 run over the third quarter's first four minutes and the Crusaders went up 38-27. Muskingum closed the gap to as little as six points but Capital remained in control and ended the third quarter up 48-39.

In the final quarter, the two teams traded baskets and the Crusaders led by as many as 16. Although Capital held the lead for the majority of the first half, the Crusaders shot only 37.5 percent from the floor. That number jumped to 53.3 percent in the second half as the team hit 16 of its 30 total attempts, including 4-of-7 from behind the arc. Capital also his 10-of-13 second-half free throws.

Burns led Capital with 20 total points on 8-of-13 shooting and was 4-of-6 on 3-point shots. She also grabbed four rebounds. Senior forward Erin Risner contributed in multiple phases with 10 points, eight boards, four assists, a steal and a block while Folan scored 15 points. Caroline Taphorn led the team with five assists and also chipped in nine points, four rebounds and a steal.

The Crusaders limited Muskingum to only 33.3 percent shooting in the game while outrebounding the Muskies 40-32. Capital also finished with a 14-9 advantage in assists, scored 22 points off of turnovers, had a 30-26 points in the paint edge and received 14 bench points to Muskingum's eight.

The Crusaders have another OAC test on the horizon as the team will welcome rival Otterbein University to The Capital Center on Saturday, Jan. 26 in the final matchup of the regular season between the two crosstown foes. Tip off between Capital and the Cardinals is scheduled for 3 p.m.