By: Allison Lowe, assistant sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Capital University women's basketball team picked up a 59-49 victory over Wittenberg University Tuesday night at the Capital Center. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 3-1 on the year while the Tigers fall to 2-1.
Junior Caroline Taphorn (Harrison, Ohio/McAuley) paced Capital with 12 points and three assists. Senior Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) earned her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 boards. Senior Cassidy Bosch (Logan, Ohio/Logan) scored eight points and dished out six rebounds. Nine Crusaders scored in the win. Kristie Kalis led Wittenberg with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Wittenberg came out to score the first basket of the game, but the Crusaders quickly took control, going on an 11-2 run. Capital went to outscore the Tigers 17-10 in the first quarter. Sophomore Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) scored six points for the Crusaders with a layup, jumper, and two free throws.
The Tigers shot 83% from the free throw line in the second quarter and out-scored Capital 14-4 to take the lead at the half. Stonerock and senior Sam Sech (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) each scored a basket for the Purple and White.
Capital regained the lead in the third quarter, going on a 13-2 run a little over a minute in. Taphorn when 2-2 on the free throw line and scored two baskets on a layup and jumper. The Crusaders were ahead by six going into the fourth quarter.
Capital took the ball and ran with it in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Tigers 20-16. Freshman Erika Linder (Prospect, Ohio/Pleasant) scored seven of those points with a three-pointer, two free throws, and a layup. The Purple and White scored five unanswered points in the final minute of the game, securing a ten-point victory over the Tigers.
The Crusaders host Washington & Jefferson College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 30 at The Capital Center.