Early Deficit Dooms Crusaders in Loss to Marietta

Pictured: Elli Wachtman (credit: Hanna Pinkelman)
Pictured: Elli Wachtman (credit: Hanna Pinkelman)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

MARIETTA, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team was unable to overcome a stagnant first half on the offensive end, which resulted in an 84-66 loss to the Marietta Pioneers at Ban Johnson Arena on Wednesday night.

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The loss drops Capital to 8-6 overall, 3-4 in OAC play while Marietta improves its overall record to 7-7 and is now 3-4 in conference play. The Crusaders will look to turn it around against John Carroll University this Saturday afternoon at The Capital Center. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.

GETTING BEHIND EARLY

  • To begin a career performance, Marietta's Taylor Marlo hit one of the team's 11 3-pointers to kick off the game. Both teams jostled for the lead over the course of the first quarter.
  • Emma Burns hit one of her four triples to bring Capital to within one point toward the end of the first quarter, but then Marietta rattled off the final six points, all scored by Devin Hefner.
  • Down 18-11 after the first quarter, the Pioneers turned it up in the second and outscored Cap 26-10.
  • Cap shot just 4-of-13 (.308) in the stanza while the Pioneers hit 10-of-16 field goals, led by Marlo's 5-of-6 effort and 14 points. Marietta also had a vast advantage in rebounds, 10-3, in the quarter.

SECOND-HALF TURNAROUND

  • Capital found itself trailing 44-21 at the half but would go on to win the next two quarters, however, only outscored Marietta by a combined five points between the two quarters.
  • The Crusaders' shooting percentages turned around in the final two quarters, registering in at 53.8 and 47.1 percent, respectively.
  • Capital's best quarter came in the third when they not only sank better than half of its shots but went 9-for-11 (.818) from the free-throw line.

NOTES AND PLAYERS THAT STOOD OUT

  • Of Marietta's 84 points, 56 came from the duo of Marlo Taylor and Devin Hefner. Taylor scored a career-high 33 points while Hefner turned in 23. Combined, they shot 21-for-26 (.807) from the field.
  • Sophomore guard Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio / St. Francis Desales) led the Crusaders with 16 points and shot 4-of-7 from 3-point range.
  • Junior forward Jocie Kaiser (Fort Recovery, Ohio / Fort Recovery) scored a career-high seven points in 10 minutes played off the bench.
  • Capital shot 38.3 percent from field-goal range while Marietta had the hot hand behind a team shooting percentage of .577. Marietta also went 11-for-19 (.579) from behind the arc.
  • Marietta turned the ball over 20 times to Capital's 18 but was more efficient in converting those turnovers into points. The Pioneers scored 31 of its points off of turnovers compared to Capital's 22.