By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
BEREA, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team fell victim to the long-range game of the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets in its 61-56 loss at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
The loss snaps a four-game win streak for the Crusaders (7-4, 2-2 OAC) while the Yellow Jackets (10-1, 4-0 OAC) remain undefeated in OAC play and earn their 10th win of the season.
ON THEIR HEELS
- From the onset, Baldwin Wallace made it clear that its 3-point shooting would guide the result of the contest. They hit their first attempt to score the opening points of the game, setting up a 6-2 start over the first 3:29.
- Capital and Baldwin Wallace went bucket-for-bucket through the first quarter, though the Yellow Jackets build as large a lead as seven points behind a Megan Hensel 3-pointer.
- Freshman guard Erika Linder knocked down a 3-point shot to open second-quarter scoring for Cap, which also closed the gap to four points. That margin was held through a majority of the second quarter until senior Cassidy Bosch scored the quarter's final four points to send the teams into the locker room separated by just one point, 27-26.
SCRAPING TO GET BACK ON TOP
- Out of the break, sophomore Brooke Ommert took the ball to the hole and scored on a layup to give Capital its first lead of the game less than one minute into the third quarter, 28-27.
- The lead was short-lived after Riley Schill hit one of her three 3-pointers on the evening to give BW the lead again, 30-28.
- The combination of Elli Wachtman and Regan Stonerock accounted for yet another lead change early in the third, but Schill hit yet another long-range shot to recapture the lead.
- After BW charged toward its second seven-point lead of the game, Capital again retaliated, this time with a 9-2 run to end the third quarter. Sophomore Emma Burns was responsible for five of those points after nailing a 3-point of her own to tie the game at 42 all. Stonerock contributed toward to run and helped CU recapture the lead with 23 seconds remaining in the third.
FINISHING IT OFF
- The lead swapped hands twice in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter after Cap broke a tie followed by Megan Hensel's go-ahead 3-pointer to put BW up, 47-46.
- Cap stayed with two possessions of the Yellow Jackets all the way inside three minutes remaining. Baldwin Wallace kept and extended its lead using its long-range game, supported by Hannah Fecht's 3-point make to grow its lead to five. In the fourth quarter, BW went 3-for-7 from 3-point range.
- Cap switched into a zone defense and was down three points as the game approached the one-minute mark. Following a miss from the top of the key, Regan Stonerock buried a long two from the far baseline to draw to within one point, 57-56, with 32 seconds to go.
- Following Stonerock's make, Capital called a 30-second timeout to set its defense up out of the break. Capital showed a full court press, prompting BW to counter with a 30-second timeout, which advanced the ball to halfcourt. Capital fouled BW's Riley Schill, who hit both of her free throws to regain a three-point lead.
- Out of the timeout, Cap attempted to work the near wing and set up Emma Burns for a look but Sydney Diedrich closed in and blocked what would have been the game-tying 3-point shot. Baldwin Wallace came down with the rebound, was promptly fouled, and Schill went to the free-throw line for another successful trip to the charity stripe that iced the game.
KEY CONTRIBUTORS AND NUMBERS
- Sophomore Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) led both sides with 17 points. She took a career-high 21 shots, landing eight.
- Senior Elli Wachtman (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington) recorded 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
- Riley Schill and Megan Hensel led the Yellow Jackets with 13 points, each. Combined, the duo went 7-for-11 from deep. Hensel also shared the team lead for rebounds with Megan Scheibelhut, each recorded seven.
- Capital (.386) held the advantage over BW (.317) in overall shooting percentage, but the Yellow Jackets' 3-point success was a major factor in their win. BW shot 42.3 percent (.423) from long range compared to Capital's 25.0 percent (2-8).
- The Crusaders also held a major advantage in rebounds, 44-34, but committed more turnovers than their hosts, 15-11. Those turnovers were converted in 16 BW points.
Capital will bring its game back to The Capital Center Performance Arena on Wednesday, January 8. The Crusaders will host the Wilmington College Fightin' Quakers (7-4, 3-1 OAC). Action will tip off from Columbus at 7 p.m.