By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – From start to finish, the Capital University women's basketball team held control of Wednesday night's game at The Capital Center. The Crusaders dispensed of the Fightin' Muskies of Muskingum University, 91-64, to improve their record to 10-8 overall, 5-6 in OAC play.
HUGE FIRST QUARTER
- Capital rolled out the red carpet and put its offense on display in the first quarter after outscoring Muskingum, 27-8 in the quarter.
- Tied 5-5, Capital scored the next 15 points, unanswered. Sophomore Emma Burns and freshman Kayleigh Cyphers both scored a team-high seven points in the quarter.
- Collectively, the Crusaders shot 58.8 percent (10-17) from the field and took just three shots from behind the arc. They also went 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
- Capital outrebounded Muskingum 11-5 and forced four Muskie turnovers.
- On the other end, Muskingum hit just three field goals on 16 attempts from the field (.286).
THE NUMBERS TALK
- Four out of five Capital starters tallied 10 or more points in less than 20 minutes played. The foursome was led by senior Cassidy Bosch's 14 points.
- She was joined in double figures by Regan Stonerock (12), Emma Burns (12) and Elli Wachtman (11).
- Caroline Taphorn scored six points but also led the Crusaders with seven assists and shared the team lead for rebounds (8) with Wachtman.
- Kayleigh Cyphers joined her teammates as the fifth Crusader to score 10 or more behind a career-high 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting plus seven rebounds. She also contributed one of the team's five blocks.
- Muskingum featured a short bench after playing just two reserves. While that led to its starting five getting many opportunities to score it also taxed the Muskies, making it difficult to keep pace with the up-tempo Crusaders. Just four points were scored off the bench, all by Charolette Brown.
- Sarah Miller and Emily Yeager scored a team and game-high 16 points for Muskingum.
Capital (10-8, 5-6 OAC) will now prepare for its second meeting with rival Otterbein University as it seeks redemption for its loss to the Cardinals from earlier in the season. Their game will kick off a doubleheader at The Capital Center on Saturday, February 1. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.
After the game, Capital will recognize its back-to-back national championship teams (1994-95, 1995-96) as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of its second title. Following the celebration, both schools' men's teams will take the floor for the nightcap, set to start tentatively at 7:30 p.m.