By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University and the University of Mount Union women's basketball teams have a history of back-and-forth bouts that go down to the wire. Saturday afternoon's contest at The Capital Center was no exception. The Crusaders carried a five-point lead into the fourth quarter but the Purple Raiders made a late push. Combined with multiple costly turnovers, the Crusaders dropped a hard-fought 68-65 contest in the final minutes.
THE KEY PLAYERS
- Three players shared the lead for most points scored in the game. Two of those players resided on the home side. Senior Cassidy Bosch and junior Caroline Taphorn both hit for a dozen while Mount Union's Anika Sweeney matched them on the other side.
- Sweeney took 12 3-point shot attempts and hit four. Two came in the second quarter, and the other two were split between the third and fourth quarters in timeline situations.
- Freshman guard Erika Linder set a new career high with 11 points, seven coming in the first half. Four of those points came from her perfect performance from the free-throw line.
- Senior Regan Stonerock was one rebound away from a double-double after posting 11 points and nine boards.
- In addition to her 12 points, Caroline Taphorn also added eight assists, six rebounds and four steals to her line.
- Mount Union's Brianna Gassman (10) and Elena Rauhe (11) joined their teammate, Anika Sweeney, in double figures. Sarah Hessel and Hailey Peoples-O'Neil had strong performances on the boards, collecting nine and seven, respectively. Of her nine rebounds, Hessel collected four on the offensive glass and Peoples-O'Neil had six of her seven on the offensive side.
THE WAY IT ENDED
- Capital carried a five-point lead into the fourth quarter, 57-52.
- Mount Union tied the game with a pair of 3-point makes by Sarah Turley and Elena Rauhe, 58-58.
- Following a turnover by Cap, Peoples-O'Neil took it the other way with a layup to give Mount Union its first lead since the latter minutes of the first quarter.
- The lead then changed hands seven times from that point and through the duration of the fourth quarter.
- Caroline Taphorn put Cap up, 64-63, after hitting a pair of free throws but Sweeney hit a 3-ball out of a timeout to give Mount Union the lead again, 66-64, with 1:24 remaining.
- Taphorn split a pair of free throws on the next possession that kept Cap down by one. A key offensive rebound on the other end plus a foul put Hessel at the line for two. After knocking down both, Cap trailed by three.
- Out of another timeout the Crusaders set up the play but was called for a carry, resulting in a turnover. The Crusaders caught a bit of luck when Mount Union missed a pair of free throws after being fouled. Inside the final 10 seconds, Cap attempts to swing the ball around the perimeter to set up a potential game-tying shot. However, heavy traffic on the near wing created a collision and the pass intended for a Crusader bounced out of bounds. The turnover put the ball back in the Purple Raiders' hands and was taken to the final horn.
EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
- Capital held a large advantage in shooting percentage, 41.5 percent to Mount Union's 35.3 percent.
- Capital committed 17 turnovers to Mount Union's 16. The Crusaders also did better cashing in on those miscues after leading Mount Union in points off of turnovers, 19-11.
- Mount Union took advantage of a strong day on the offensive glass, turning in 20 second-chance points.
- Forty of Mount Union's 68 points came from its bench players.
- The win marks Mount Union's first OAC win of the season (7-6, 1-5 OAC).
- Capital played in front of its best crowd of the season on Community Day, estimated at over 700 people, and held a team meet-and-greet autograph session, and free youth basketball clinic after the game concluded.
Capital (8-5, 3-3 OAC) will hit the road to play Marietta College (6-7, 2-4 OAC) on Wednesday, January 15. Tipoff from Ban Johnson Arena is set for 7 p.m.