By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team earned a bit of redemption following its 74-58 victory over rival Otterbein University on Saturday evening. Cassidy Bosch's 20 points helped to successfully kick off the hoops doubleheader at The Capital Center, while Elli Wachtman supported with another double-double.
STRONG FROM THE START
- Capital began the game on a 7-2 run supported by the first of senior Cassidy Bosch's four triples. Later in the first, she added a second to extend Cap's lead to 16-7 with 2:45 remaining.
- Otterbein did not break double digits until under the one-minute mark of the first quarter but scored the final seven points of the stanza to leave a seven-point gap after quarter's end.
- Capital did not surrender a point for the first 4:27 of the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Crusaders went on a 10-0 run to roll out to a 33-16 lead near the midway point.
- Junior Caroline Taphorn scored the last four points of the quarter to extend Cap's lead to 17 points heading into the locker room, 40-23.
- Capital forced 10 Otterbein turnovers in the first half while only committing three.
- After shooting 46.7 percent in the first, the Cardinals took a severe dip in their second-quarter shooting percentage. Otterbein made just two field goals and hit just 16.7 percent of its shots.
- While Otterbein's shooting percentage recovered in the third, turnovers continued to mar the Cardinals. They committed seven turnovers which limited their scoring opportunities to just nine field goal attempts and eight free throw attempts.
- While Capital emptied the bench in the fourth and saw a drop in its shooting success, the 26-point lead it had built was more than enough to carry the team to its 11th win of the season.
- Capital's defense forced a total of 20 turnovers and converted those into 20 points. They also held a plus-13 rebounding advantage over the Cardinals.
- Senior Cassidy Bosch tied her season high of 20 points, 12 of those points coming from success beyond the arc. She went 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. She also added seven rebounds, three steals and one block on the defensive end.
- Elli Wachtman notched her second double-double of the season behind an 11-point, 12-rebound effort. She also blocked two shots and added three helpers.
- Erika Linder led all players off the bench with six points and two assists in 20 minutes of action.
- Both of Otterbein's double-digit scorers came from its reserves after Peyton McCord led the way with 11 points and Danielle Horsley tallied 10.
Capital (11-8, 6-6 OAC) will play its third straight home game on Wednesday, February 5 against OAC foe Marietta College (9-10, 5-7 OAC) at 7 p.m. from inside The Capital Center. The Crusaders now have sole possession of fourth place in the conference standings with six games left to play in the regular season.