By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
WILMINGTON, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball held control of Wednesday night's conference matchup for most of the game but with one key rebound the Wilmington College Quakers cashed in on an opportunity late to overcome the Crusaders at Fred Raizk Arena, 65-64.
Capital (6-4, 3-2 OAC) found itself tied 60-60 heading into the final minute and change before Kelly Noll of the Quakers helped put them ahead by three with a triple. Junior Regan Stonerock answered with a layup to cut the lead to one and then the defense came up with a big play. Wilmington turned the ball over following an offensive foul, and then the Crusaders went back to work. Carlie Hulette continued her productive second half and put Cap back in front with a jumper and left just 27 seconds on the clock.
With Capital now in the lead, 64-63, Wilmington called timeout to set up the final play and used the full clock for the last shot. Kennedy Lewis drove to the bucket but missed the layup. A rebound would have sealed the win for Cap but Wilmington's Faith Teaford came up with a big offensive rebound and was fouled while coming down with the ball. Teaford made both of her free throws to put the Quakers back on top by one.
Capital advanced the ball out of a full timeout and tried to set up its final shot but a foul was called to disrupt the flow of the offense and reset the play. The ball was then inbounded to Hulette in a catch-and-shoot situation but Hulette's shot was just off the mark to the left as the buzzer sounded.
Both teams went back and forth through the first two quarters and only one point separated them heading into the half. Capital came back out with its most potent quarter of offense, outscoring the Quakers 24-18 in the third but the Quakers bested Cap in the fourth despite the Crusaders holding better shooting marks.
Carlie Hulette (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) held a big role in Cap's highest scoring quarter dropping eight of her team-high 14 points in the frame. She shot 7-for-12 from the field and added three assists. Erin Risner joined her in double digits with 10 points and added five rebounds.
Three Quakers had 10 or more points, led by McKayla Binkley's 19 points. Wilmington held a 38-28 advantage in rebounds, but Cap held the edge in most of pertinent categories including turnovers (17-12), points off turnovers (17-7), and bench point (29-11).
Capital will break for the holiday but return for its annual Capital-Marriott Holiday Tournament, which will be hosted at The Capital Center on December 29-30. The Crusaders will play their first game of the tournament on the 29th against Fredonia State University at 7 p.m.