Crusaders Late Charge Falls Short Against Yellow Jackets

Pictured: Erin Risner (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Erin Risner (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University senior Erin Risner had a career day behind her 31 points to lead both sides in Saturday afternoon's Ohio Athletic Conference women's basketball showdown in Berea, Ohio. The host Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets repelled the Crusaders and made one final stop in the waning second to prevent Capital from a comeback bid as part of CU's 63-61 loss at Ursprung Gymnasium.

The Crusaders had the advantage after the first quarter after taking a five-point edge into the second stanza. Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) got the Crusaders started on the right foot by hitting 3-of-4 field goal attempts for nine points, which included three free throw makes. Cap shot marginally better than BW, but neither broke 36 percent.

Risner added another 10 points in the second quarter but the rest of the team was only able to chip in another two points with Cassidy Bosch's field goal. The two combined to shoot 6-for-6, but the rest of the roster shot 0-for-9. Meanwhile, Baldwin Wallace broke off for 21 points and shot 81.8 percent (9-11) from field goal range in the second. The shift put the Yellow Jackets up 34-30 at the half but the rest of the game went back and forth between two bitter rivals.

Capital came back to overcome and take a lead toward the end of the third quarter, but a Sydney Diedrich three near the one-minute mark put BW back on top by two after the last 61 seconds went scoreless.

Deidrich fed into a run that allowed Baldwin Wallace to build a lead as large as eight near the midway point of the fourth quarter, but Risner helped close the gap to just two points after hitting three straight shots down the stretch. Sophomore Caroline Taphorn got the rally going with a strong take to the bucket and with three makes from Risner the Crusaders were back in the game, now down just two points, heading into the final 1:04.

BW's Kasey Hughes missed a shot on the other end, giving the Crusaders a chance for the tie or win on the last shot. Cap called a timeout with 28 seconds to go to set up the play and broke out looking to its senior leader to extend or end the game. Risner made a drive in the lane, stopped and turned for the shot but it landed off the mark. Yellow Jacket Megan Scheibelhut came up with the rebound and passed the ball out of traffic, which allowed BW to run out the clock to end the game.

Risner accounted for 31 of the team's 61 points, and set a new career high in that scoring category. Her previous high was 23 points. She also collected six rebounds and added an assist and steal in the game. The next leading Capital scorer was Regan Stonerock with seven points, though the junior led CU with 12 rebounds, six coming on the offensive end.

Deidrich led BW (17-6, 11-5) with 11 points while Rachel Womeldorf contributed 10 points off of the bench.

Capital held the advantage in rebounds, 38-30, though BW cashed in on 16 CU turnovers which led to 22 points.

Capital (14-9, 9-7) will look for a strong end to the regular season this week with two home games. They currently sit in sixth place in the OAC but still have the ability to leap into the top four before the conference tournament begins. The Crusaders will host Wilmington College on Wednesday night (7 p.m.) and then the University of Mount Union (Saturday, 3 p.m.) this week to wrap up the regular season.

Wednesday night will also serve as Freshii Night. Capital Athletics' newest partner, Freshii, will be on hand to pass out free samples of menu items and toss out promotion basketballs. Two students will also be selected to have a chance to win a party platter for 20 via a halftime shooting competition.

Live video and stats will also be available for this contest. More information will be available online, at athletics.capital.edu.