Crusaders’ Season Comes to an End Following Tournament Defeat

Pictured: Caroline Taphorn (credit: Ed Syguda, Otterbein University)
Pictured: Caroline Taphorn (credit: Ed Syguda, Otterbein University)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Down four points in the latter stages of the fourth quarter, Capital University Women's Basketball was unable to muster a comeback to extend its season. The visiting Cardinals of Otterbein University went on an 11-2 run to end out the came and close the door on the Crusaders' season.

Capital closes out its 2018-19 campaign with an overall record of 16-10 after enduring just its third loss at home this season. The Cardinals defeated Capital, 66-53, at The Capital Center on Tuesday night in the quarter-final round of the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

Tuesday night's game featured four ties and three lead changes, but one big run at the end of the game made the difference as the Crusaders lost sight of the visiting Cardinals over the last three minutes.

Capital came into the fourth quarter down 10 points, but held the Cardinals without a basket on its first five tries and also forced two turnovers. Meanwhile, the Crusaders chipped away at the lead and with Emma Burns' 3-pointer - the first of the game for Capital - the hosts came to within four points with 5:17 remaining in the game. Cap and Otterbein went scoreless for nearly an additional two minutes before the Cardinals began its breakaway.

The roles then reversed over the final three-plus minutes when Cap was able to claim two points throughout the remaining time. After Regan Stonerock cashed in a layup to make the score 57-53, Cap went quiet and missed its final three shot attempts and committed one turnover. Conversely, Otterbein missed just one of its five field goal tries to close out the final three minutes. Delaney Cutteridge was responsible for three jumpers to feed into an 11-2 run to seal the win for the Cardinals.

Capital took an up-tempo approach on the offensive side and the result was mixed. While the Crusaders scored 15 points they also committed six turnovers in the quarter to slow their progress. Capital remedied that problem and took much better care of the ball in the second and despite being outshot 19-9 in the frame, they came away two points closer to Otterbein heading into the half. Only three points separated the two teams heading into the break with the guests leading, 27-24.

After going 0-for-6 in the second quarter, the Cardinals heated up from the outside in the third to help build a 10-point lead to go into the fourth with. They went 3-for-4 behind the arc and 8-for-11 overall, but the Crusaders free throw shooting helped keep the damage to a minimum.

Cap was unable to get its 3-point game going and shot just 1-of-8 from distance in the loss. The two team's field goal shooting percentages were very comparable, but Otterbein outshot Cap 57-43 and took advantage of the extra opportunities. Those extra opportunities came from 21 CU turnovers which netted Otterbein an extra 17 points.

Fittingly, senior Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) led the Crusaders in scoring with 12 points in her final collegiate game. Joining her in double digits was Regan Stonerock (10) and Emma Burns (11). Risner also collected seven rebounds and two assists. Stonerock led the Crusaders with eight boards and was of three to record one block.

Dani Kissel led all scorers with 20 points, while Cutteridge posted 16 points and six rebounds off of the bench.