Crusaders Fly By Quakers, 72-53

Pictured: Carlie Hulette (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Carlie Hulette (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team locked up a win over the Wilmington College Quakers on Wednesday night and scored another win with its fundraising efforts towards cancer research. The Crusaders took care of defending its home court after dispensing the Fightin' Quakers, 74-53, and generated nearly $3,000 for the Kay Yow Fund after closing the book on its #PlayForKay Day game at The Capital Center.

From the very beginning, Capital hit the gas pedal with a lead foot and posted 22 points in each of the first two quarters to build a sizable lead heading into the half. A heavy dose of pick-and-rolls, backdoor cuts, and hard drives to the bucket helped Capital build a 44-28 lead through the first half, and the assault did not stop until the final horn sounded.

While Capital's offense kept the points coming steadily, its defense limited the Quakers to just 12-of-37 (.324) from the field and 4-of-17 (.235) from 3-point range in the first half. Combine that with six turnovers and incredibly high shooting percentages on the other end of the floor and the Crusaders possessed the solution to taking and keeping the lead.

Sophomore Carlie Hulette (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) was one of three Crusaders that consistently found her way to the rack in Cap's big first half. She scored 11 points through the first two quarters and by game's end finished with a career-high 17 points on 8-of-11 (.727) shooting.

Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) and Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) also attacked the bucket frequently and each finished in double figures scoring and held shooting marks better than 50 percent. Risner went 6-of-11 for 12 points while Stonerock tallied 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Stonerock also claimed seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

With the need for the gap to close quickly, Wilmington continued to shoot from the perimeter but fell on hard times from the outside. They finished the second half going 3-for-14 from behind the arc and 9-of-34 (.264) from the field. Capital never let up off the gas and sped past the Quakers for a 21-point win.

With the University of Mount Union losing, Capital's win moves them into a tie with the Purple Raiders for fifth place heading into this Saturday's pivotal OAC matchup. A Capital win and an Otterbein loss would propel Capital into fourth place and set the table for a home contest to open the OAC Tournament. Otterbein plays at Baldwin Wallace at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Capital still must take care of business at home on Saturday against Mount Union and is set for a 3 p.m. start at The Capital Center. It will also be Senior Day on which the Crusaders will honor and thank lone senior Erin Risner following the game.

As impressive as the win on the court was, Capital Women's Basketball scored a major life win with its fundraising effort toward cancer research that has been going on all season long. The Crusaders engaged in the nationwide free throw challenge initiated by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in which donor pledged money toward every free throw made. Between the challenge, private donations and Wednesday night's raffle the Crusaders announced after the game that they raised $2,900 that will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Thank you to all who contributed toward this amazing effort!