By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team earned an important victory that propels them back into the conversation for a first-round conference tournament game. The Crusaders dispensed of Heidelberg University, 82-45, behind Elli Wachtman's 18-point effort and the team's stellar defense.
WHEN IT WAS CLOSE
- For what the final score showed, the beginnings of Wednesday night's contest were quite different. Capital trailed for a majority of the first quarter until they tied the game at 12 with 3:41 remaining.
- Freshman Kaylee Cyphers' close-range jumper knotted the score and off of a miss sophomore Emma Burns gave Cap its first lead since the game's first point was scored with a 3-pointer from the wing.
- Capital went on a 9-0 run to reclaim the lead, 20-13. Only one bucket was scored in the final minute, that by Heidelberg's Brooke Beamer to give CU a five-point lead at the first break.
THEN IT WAS NOT
- Capital outscored Heidelberg 24-15 in the second quarter.
- The Crusaders scored the first eight points of the second quarter off of three different scorers. The lead built to 11 after the early run.
- Emma Burns and Brooke Ommert scored the team's next nine points with The Berg just scoring two amidst the mini-run to grow its lead to 37-21.
- The Crusaders shot 60 percent (9-15) and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line in the second. Conversely, Heidelberg shot just 37.5 percent (6-16) and went just 2-for-6 from the charity stripe.
- Capital took a 44-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.
- The numbers grew worse for the Berg as the Capital defense held the Student Princes to just 20 percent (2-10) and 0-for-4 from long range. On the other end of the floor, Cap had nearly double the shot attempts and hit 44.4 percent of those. They also caused seven turnovers in the third quarter.
- Capital outscored Heidelberg 38-15 in the second half and had an opportunity to get its reserves some well-deserved playing time to ready for its postseason run. Jocie Kaiser and Gabby Ledbetter each scored four points in the fourth quarter to lead the Purple and White.
- Heidelberg's numbers continued to dip in the fourth lead to the lopsided result. They shot 13.3 percent (2-15) and for the second quarter in a row failed to hit a 3-point shot. They went a combined 0-for-8 from behind the arc in the second half.
- Senior Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio / Upper Arlington) finished the evening with a game-high 18 points plush eight rebounds. She shot 7-for-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.
- Senior Cassidy Bosch (Logan, Ohio / Logan) and sophomore Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio / St. Francis Desales) joined Wachtman in double figures after scoring 13 points, each.
- Senior Regan Stonerock had a team-high nine rebounds while junior Caroline Taphorn tallied eight assists and two steals.
- Heidelberg did not have any player end with double figures in the scoring column. The Berg was led by Alli Adelsperger and Brittanie Ulmer's eight points, each.
- Capital ended the day with a 47.8 percent (32-67) success rate from field-goal range while Heidelberg shot just 26.3 percent (15-57) over the course of the game.
- The Student Princes committed 19 turnovers to Capital's 11. Capital turned those Berg turnovers into 23 points.
NEXT OPPONENT / SENIOR DAY
- The win places Capital in a three-way tie for fourth place in the OAC team standings with three games to play. They are tied with the University of Mount Union and Marietta College at 7-8 in OAC play in a battle for the final spot that would grant them a first-round home game in the upcoming OAC Tournament.
- Capital (12-10) will take on first-place Baldwin Wallace University (20-2, 14-1 OAC) on Saturday, February 15 in its last regular season home game. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. inside The Capital Center.
- Saturday's game is also Senior Day. Following the game, we will recognize and honor our five Cap seniors: Cassidy Bosch, Sam Sech, Elli Wachtman, Regan Stonerock, and Addie Becker.