Offense Gets Unhitched in Loss to Pioneers

Pictured: Regan Stonerock (credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Regan Stonerock (credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

MARIETTA, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team was unable to get into a rhythm on Thursday night when they visited the Pioneers of Marietta College at Ban Johnson Arena. The Crusaders fell in a 77-49 decision to the hosts to drop their record to 12-8 overall, 7-6 in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC).

Capital had a rough start to the game when they hit just 1-of-8 field goals and committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter. Marietta was only able to shoot 5-for-14 (.357) in the first quarter but built a 13-2 lead before the end of the first frame.

Cap began to heat up in the second quarter, but the Pioneers kept pace and added three to their lead before halftime. Freshman Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) got the Crusaders going by going 3-for-4 from the field for seven points in the second. Despite taking much better care of the ball and increasing their shooting success, Marietta went into the locker room with a 31-17 lead.

With every Capital run Marietta made sure to not let the Crusaders gain any ground. CU's largest offensive output came in the third when they shot 47.1 percent from the field, led by Regan Stonerock's three field goals and six points, but the Crusaders sent Marietta to the line 10 times where nine of its 22 third-quarter points came from.

With an additional four points added to the deficit coming out of the third quarter, the host Pioneers took a 53-35 lead into the fourth before breaking off a 24-point quarter to run away with the game. Cap shot just 22.2 percent in the fourth and went 0-for-5 from 3-point range in its attempt to close the gap.

Four of Marietta's five starters scored 10 or more points, led by Corrie Burkhardt's 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting and a 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line. She also added a team-high six rebounds. Only 10 points came from the Pioneers' bench.

Burns led Cap with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and added two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Stonerock ended with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds, sharing the team lead in that category with senior Erin Risner.

Cap shot just 32.7 percent to Marietta's 50 percent from the field and made just one of its 10 3-point attempts. Conversely, Marietta hit 10-of-23 3-point shots.

The Crusaders will now prepare for a quick turnaround to host OAC leader John Carroll University (14-5, 10-2 OAC). Capital and JCU will square off at The Capital Center on Saturday, February 2 at 3 p.m. The last time these two teams met, the Blue Streaks defeated Capital in University Heights, 67-45.