Bosch Powers Cap to Victory, Taphorn Named Tournament MVP

Pictured: Cassidy Bosch (credit: Jamie Gaffney)
Pictured: Cassidy Bosch (credit: Jamie Gaffney)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio –  Capital University Women's Basketball reeled in its fourth straight win after rolling past Oberlin College, 63-45, in the finale of the Capital/Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament on Sunday afternoon. Cassidy Bosch scored a season-high 20 points to lead the Crusaders to a weekend sweep and was one of two players named to the all-tournament team.

Final statistics

RUN CAP RUN

  • Capital rolled out the game's first 12 points with five different Crusaders contributing to the hot start.
  • The Crusaders defense kept the Yeowomen off of the board for the opening 6:18 of the game. In that time, Capital forced six Oberlin turnovers and the Yeowomen went 0-for-5 from the field.
  • The run was capped by Sam Sech's layup close the 2:30 mark, which put Cap up 15-2.

CLOSING THE GAP

  • CU scored just one more point in the final 2:26 of the first quarter, which opened the door for Oberlin to close the gap.
  • Oberlin scored eight of the next nine point to end the quarter to make for a six-point deficit heading into the second.
  • Four points separated the two teams for much of the second quarter before Jasmine Roberts' 3-pointer tied the game for the first time with 2:15 remaining in the half, 22-22.
  • Capital took a one-point lead into the locker room, 26-25, with the last bucket going to the Yeowomen's Sammy Spanier with just four seconds remaining.

RUNAWAY TRAIN

  • Capital owned the second half, outscoring Oberlin 37-20 over the next 20 minutes of play.
  • The Crusaders went on another defensive crusade with a relentless attack on both ends, which kept the Yeowomen scoreless for the first 5:11 of the third quarter.
  • Meanwhile, Capital went on a 15-0 run to open the half, which included back-to-back 3-pointers off the fingers of Cassidy Bosch (Logan, Ohio / Logan).
  • Capital hit the free-throw line hard throughout the game but especially in the third quarter. The Crusaders went to the line 13 times and hit 10 of their attempts (.769) to aid in their breakaway.
  • The Yeowomen were unable to get its offense going behind a shooting percentage of .286 and five turnovers in the third. They were held 0-for-4 from 3-point range and just one hit from long range in the entire second half.
  • Cap's largest lead measured in at 20 points late in the game after continuing to pour on the points en route to its seventh win of the season and fourth straight.

BOSCH TABBED TO ALL-TOURNEY TEAM

  • Cassidy Bosch dropped a season and career-high 20 points against Oberlin on 6-of-11 shooting, including two triples. She also corralled five rebounds, two assists and one block.
  • She scored six points and added four steals and four rebounds in the team's 81-45 win over Goucher College the previous day.
  • For her efforts, Bosch was one of two Crusaders to be named to the all-tournament team.

TAPHORN NAMED MVP

  • Caroline Taphorn (Harrison, Ohio / McAuley) finished Sunday's win with just five points but her presence was felt in many different ways in the win. She also recorded three steals and three assists against Oberlin, plus four rebounds.
  • The previous night, Taphorn scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Goucher. In that game, she posted four assists, nine boards and one block.
  • After the game, Taphorn was named the tournament's most valuable player after combining for 15 points (7-13, .538), 13 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block.

OTHER NOTABLE NUMBERS

  • Two additional Crusaders scored in double figures as part of Sunday's win. Emma Burns (11) and Brooke Ommert (10) joined Bosch (20) as team scoring leaders.
  • Senior Elli Wachtman led the Crusaders with six rebounds.
  • Oberlin tallied eight blocks on the defensive side with three coming through Jasmine Sorrells.
  • Cap forced Oberlin into 19 turnovers, which they turned into 23 points.
  • CU went to the charity stripe 33 times compared to the Yeowomen's 11. Cap went 24-for-33 (.727) from the free throw line.

C-U IN THE NEW YEAR

Capital (7-3, 2-1 OAC) will break for the New Year holiday and return to Ohio Athletic Conference action on Saturday, January 4. They will hit the road to take on Baldwin Wallace University (8-1, 3-0 OAC) with a 3 p.m. tipoff from Ursprung Gymnasium.