Crusaders Unable to Hold Off Polar Bears, Loses 55-52

Pictured: Erika Linder (credit: Jamie Gaffney)
Pictured: Erika Linder (credit: Jamie Gaffney)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

ADA, Ohio – Saturday afternoon marked another hard-fought battle between Ohio Athletic Conference foes when Capital University Women's Basketball came into the ONU Sports Center. The conference bout went down to the wire and nearly featured a last-second Crusader comeback to force overtime but a turnover on the last shot seal the win for the Polar Bears, 55-52.

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THE LAST SEQUENCE

  • Ohio Northern possessed a 54-52 lead heading into the final minute of play. They took the shot clock down to the wire and tried to land the dagger but Abby Weeks' 3-pointer fell off the mark.
  • Out of the timeout, Capital junior Caroline Taphorn found an opening in the lane and pulled up for a fade-away jumper to tie the game. Her shot landed wide and back into the Polar Bears' hands.
  • Capital fouled to get the ball back with time and had a stroke of luck when Jaidyn Hale split the ensuing free throws. ONU held a 55-52 lead and took a timeout to set up its defense.
  • Capital inbounded the ball and cycled it back to the near wing where sophomore Emma Burns was waiting. She collected the pass and moved to her right and launched a 3-point shot, but as the ball swished through the net a whistle was blown signaling a travel call. The make was negated and ONU held on for the win.

THE IN BETWEEN

  • Capital trailed by a bucket, 14-12, heading into its very productive second quarter. In the second the Crusaders outscored the Polar Bears, 15-7, and held the hosts to just 20 percent (3-15) shooting from the field and 0-for-4 from behind the arc.
  • The Crusaders took a 27-21 lead into halftime but Ohio Northern came out of the break firing. The Polar Bears went 8-for15 from the field to pick up three points on Cap, who shot almost as well in the game. Cassidy Bosch and Emma Burns both notched five points in the third to help Cap keep pace.
  • Leading up to the game-deciding sequence, Capital cooled off after hitting just 4-of-13 from field-goal range. Taphorn kept the Crusaders in it with six fourth-quarter points on 3-of-4 shooting.
  • Cap held a three-point lead going into the fourth but ONU scored eight unanswered points to begin the stanza, leading to a 48-43 advantage. Taphorn quickly closed that gap with back-to-back 2-point jumpers, but CU never regained the lead.

THE NOTABLE PERFORMERS

  • Emma Burns led the Crusaders with 14 points and two steals. Senior Cassidy Bosch was next in line with 10 points.
  • Senior Regan Stonerock was one point away from a double-double after tallying nine points and 10 rebounds.
  • ONU was paced by Abby Weeks' 13 points, five rebounds, two steals, and two assists.  Emily Mescher scored 10 points, and no other Polar Bears finished with more than six.

THE NEXT GAME

Capital (9-8, 4-6 OAC) will bring its act back to The Capital Center for a home contest with Muskingum University on Wednesday, January 29. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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