Positive Collective Efforts Power Cap to Big Win Over Goucher

Pictured: Kaylee Cyphers (credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Kaylee Cyphers (credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio –  The Crusaders welcomed one of its former members of the coaching staff back to the Capital Center as part of the opening day of the Capital / Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament. Cap used all parts of the roster to put together a solid effort and deliver the Gophers of Goucher College an 81-45 loss on Saturday afternoon.

Final statistics

The win improves the Crusaders' overall record to 6-3 overall while dropping Goucher to 4-6. Capital will close out the calendar year with Sunday's matchup against Oberlin College out of the North Coast Athletic Conference. It will serve as the final game of the 2019 Capital / Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament and will tip off at 3 p.m. inside The Capital Center.

Goucher head coach Andrea Preston made her return to The Capital Center for the first time since accepting the Gophers' job three years ago. She served as an assistant coach on the Crusaders' staff under Dixie Jeffers for three years from 2014 to 2016.

IT ESCALATED QUICKLY

  • Sophomore guard Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) put the first points on the board with the first of her four 3-pointers in the game.
  • Capital opened the contest on a 6-0 run after senior Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) scored the next three points on a made layup plus a split in an upcoming pair of free throws.
  • Junior Caroline Taphorn (Harrison, Ohio/McAuley) came up big on both sides of the floor with a block, rebound and layup on the other end to extend Cap's lead to eight, 10-2, with 3:56 to go in the first quarter.
  • Freshman Erika Linder dropped five points toward the end of the opening frame to help Cap outscore Goucher, 21-8.
  • Cap's defense limited the Gophers to just three field goals on 16 attempts (.188) and outrebounded their guests, 12-5.

GOPHERS NIBBLE INTO THE LEAD

  • With a 13-point lead in hand, Cap began giving additional bench players time on the floor and with that the Gophers began chipping into the deficit.
  • After Cap built up a 17-point lead, Alayna McFadden and Kyani Quarles scored six straight points before the next Capital make.
  • The trio of Shelby Apostol, Anise Williams and McFadden put together another six-point run to draw within six points. Apostol kicked off the run with a bank shot 3-pointer.
  • Capital did not score in the last 3:37 of the second quarter.
  • Goucher outscored Capital 19-10 in the second quarter to make for a 31-27 score at halftime in favor of the Crusaders.

RUNNING AWAY

  • Before the breakaway began, Goucher's Apostol hit another 3-point bank shot to draw the Gophers to within a single point of the Crusaders, but that is as close as they would get to taking the lead.
  • Junior Cassidy Bosch answered with a jumper and Burns coupled that with a 3-pointer to regain a six-point lead.
  • Allison Roach dumped in four pounds on quick transition buckets created by long outlet passes. This fed an 11-0 run that continued to grow to 17 unanswered points over a six-minute span of time in the third.
  • Freshman forward Kaylee Cyphers (Cedarville, Ohio/Cedarville)scored four points in as many minutes while Roach led all scorers in the third with six points.
  • Capital went on to outscore Goucher 50-18 in the second half.

KEY CONTRIBUTORS

  • Capital played 17 of its players and all but two filled the points column. Cyphers led all reserves with eight points and led the team with a career-high 10 rebounds.
  • Emma Burns led CU with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting with all of her makes coming from behind the arc.
  • Caroline Taphorn posted 10 points and coupled that with nine rebounds, four assists and one block.
  • Elli Wachtman scored nine points and tallied nine rebounds.

OTHER NUMBERS TO NOTE

  • Goucher was held to just 31.7 percent shooting from the field (19-60) and just 3-for-21 (.143) from 3-point range.
  • Capital went 31-for-77 (.403) from field-goal range and 6-of-17 (.353) from long range.
  • The Crusaders dominated the boards by outrebounding the Gophers 59-27.
  • Cap also held a large margin in assists (18-4), points off turnovers (16-8) and second-chance points (18-2).

The Capital bench also outscored Goucher's, 42-5.