Crusaders Fall in Hard Fought Battle, 54-53, to Marietta

Pictured: Elli Wachtman
Credit: Joe Maiorana
Pictured: Elli Wachtman Credit: Joe Maiorana

By: Ray Delgado, assistant sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio –  The Capital University women's basketball team played hard for all 40 minutes but fell just short, falling 54-53 to Marietta on Wednesday night. Elli Wachtman turned in an impressive performance, scoring a season-high 22 points on 10-14 shooting for the night and tallying her third double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.

TOUGH FROM THE START

  • Both teams put the pressure on from the beginning, forcing turnovers and missed shots on both ends, while trading baskets to bring the tally to 10-5 Capital through the first 10 minutes.
  • The second quarter was much the same before three straight Wachtman baskets and a Caroline Taphorn layup pushed the lead to seven with 6:30 left in the half.
  • However, the Pioneers stayed in the game and methodically chipped away at the lead, to bring it to 25-all with 49 ticks left to play.
  • The Crusaders gained the advantage with a free throw before Wachtman blocked a shot and dished to Kaylee Cyphers who laid it in at the final second to give Capital a 29-26 advantage going into the break.

SECOND EFFORT

  • Coming out of the break, Capital managed to stave off the Pioneers and inflate their lead to 11 on a Cassidy Bosch jumper halfway through the third quarter.
  • That lead would not last as Marietta again came from behind and were able to put full court pressure on the Crusaders which allowed them to pull within three at 44-41 to start the fourth.
  • The fourth quarter featured seven lead changes as both teams made tough shots through contact to stay within a one-shot deficit.
  • With 1:14 left to play, Taphorn drained two clutch free throws to put Capital up 53-52 but the lead would not hold as Marietta got off a tough shot that sealed the final score, 54-53.

KEY STATS

  • Senior Wachtman posted 22 points, eclipsing the 20-point mark for the second time this season, and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead both teams in each category for the night.
  • The Crusaders tallied 13 assists on 21 made shots for the night.
  • Taphorn dished out a eight assists and accrued a season-high five steals.

UP NEXT

Capital (11-9, 6-7 OAC) hits the road, taking on John Carroll (18-2, 12-1 OAC) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 8.