Crusaders Lock Down Win in Marriott Holiday Classic’s Opening Day

Pictured: Elle Folan (credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Elle Folan (credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Basketball returned to The Capital Center for day one of the Capital/Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament. The Crusaders hopped back into the win column following its impressive 68-32 victory over Fredonia State University (N.Y.) on Friday night. With the win, the Crusaders will compete for the tournament championship against Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

After nearly four minutes of scoreless play, the Blue Devils (6-5) ran out to a 7-0 run in less than one minute. However, it was the only time Fredonia State held control of the game. Turnovers marred both sides but the Crusaders made the Blue Devils' miscues hurt more consistently.

Soon after Fredonia State took its touchdown lead, Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) began her fruitful night with the first of her five 3-pointers to break up the FSU rally. Folan hit a second two possessions later and freshman Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) continued to feed the run with back-to-back field goals. Capital went on to score 12 unanswered points to retake the lead and feed into a 12-8 score following the first quarter.

Turnovers continued to creep into the box score after both teams combined for 17 in the second quarter alone. Despite this, Capital outscored FSU 14-7 in the stanza with five of those points coming off turnovers. The Crusaders' lead grew to 11 heading into halftime and would enlarge further through the coming quarters.

As was the story for the Blue Devils for most of the game, when turnovers were not harming them their inability to shoot did. Capital held Fredonia State to just 3-for-18 shooting in the third quarter and 2-for-11 in the fourth. For the game, the Blue Devils shot just 20.8 percent.

Capital mirrored consistency throughout the first three quarters before exploding for 28 points in the fourth quarter, half of those coming from its reserves. Behind a 49.1 percent shooting mark, the Crusaders ran away with the win.

Folan finished with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting marking the second time in her last three games she has put up double figures and more than 15 in a game.

Though neither hit double digits scoring, both Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield) and Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) recorded a game-high 10 rebounds. Risner also added a team-high four steals while Stonerock added nine points.

In her first action, freshman Sydney Cisco (St. Mary's, Ohio/St. Mary's) recorded her first collegiate points on her lone shot, a 3-pointer. Fellow freshman Makenna Mele (St. Mary's, Ohio/St. Mary's) also notched her first career points with a pair of free throws to go along with three rebounds in three minutes of play.

Capital (7-4) will now play Carnegie Mellon University (9-1) in the championship game of the Capital/Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament on Saturday, December 30 at approximately 3 p.m. The game will follow the tournament's consolation game between The College of Wooster and Fredonia State, slated for 1 p.m. at The Capital Center.

For more information on the Capital/Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament, click here or go to www.athletics.capital.edu/holidaytournament.