By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team battled through offensive struggles and kept its chances alive against John Carroll University with its stout defense. After coming back from as many as 15 points, Capital put itself into position for a chance to send the game to overtime. However, neither Crusader shot landed in the final seconds which granted the Blue Streaks a 51-49 win at The Capital Center on Saturday afternoon.
FAST FORWARD THROUGH THE THREE
- Capital found itself on hard times when trying to score in the first quarter after shooting just 2-for-11 (.182) from the field and committing seven turnovers. They were outscored 14-6 in the opening frame.
- The Crusaders began to warm up in the second with help from sophomore Brooke Ommert's five points of 2-of-3 shooting. John Carroll countered with nine of its 16 second-quarter points coming from it bench players, including five from Kaelyn Underwood.
- John Carroll took a 30-19 lead into the half but the momentum began to shift in the third after Capital won the quarter, 14-10. John Carroll's shooting numbers began to fall below 40 percent and its star center, Olivia Nagy, was kept in check by Capital's post defense.
- With the crowd behind the home team and getting loud, Capital carried a 40-33 deficit into the fourth. It took most of the fourth quarter to find a gap to make its run toward acquiring the lead, but in the final three minutes Capital did just that.
DRAMATIC FINAL MINUTES
- JCU's Nichole Heffington put the Blue Streaks up by eight after exposing a hole in the defense and taking the ball all the way to the bucket, but junior Caroline Taphorn promptly answered on the other end to keep the gap to just six points, 49-43.
- Out of a timeout, senior Regan Stonerock blocked Olivia Nagy's open 3-point attempt but the Blue Streaks still found a way to put it home. Once again, Taphorn responded with a jumper from the free-throw line.
- Under two minutes to go, JCU continued to air of 3-point tries but missed. However, they also brought their own defense when Dani Carlson blocked Emma Burn's jumper in the lane. Luckily, this time it did not lead to any additional JCU scoring.
- Caroline Taphorn was then fouled when trying to score on the fastbreak stemming from a steal by Cassidy Bosch. Now down four points, 51-57, with 50 seconds remaining Capital adjusted its strategy to make JCU earn their points from the free-throw line.
- John Carroll then missed two consecutive free throws to put the ball back in Capital's hands. Out of a timeout, Burns went to work but her shot fell off the mark. There to collect the rebound and the putback was senior Elli Wachtman. Her bucket trimmed the lead to just two points with 33 seconds remaining.
- Without any timeouts remaining, Capital fouled to put the Blue Streaks at the line. Again, JCU's Nicole Heffington missed both free throws and gave Capital one last chance to go for the tie or the win.
- On Capital's final approach after rebounding the final miss, Burns went for the win with a 3-point attempt at the top of the arc but it fell short. Cassidy Bosch was there for the rebound, but her attempt to follow it up rolled off the back iron as time expired.
- Cassidy Bosch led the Crusaders with 11 points and was one rebound short of a double-double. She also led both sides with four steals.
- Emma Burns (10) and Caroline Taphorn (10) also scored in double figures.
- The Capital defense held Olivia Nagy, who earned to national awards for her recent performance last week, to just four points and as many rebounds.
- Nichole Heffington led JCU with 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting and added five rebounds.
Capital (8-7, 3-5 OAC) will play its next two contests on the road, beginning with Heidelberg University. The Crusaders and Student Princes will meet on Wednesday, January 22 and tip off at 7 p.m. at Seiberling Gymnasium.