By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The Capital University women's basketball team opened the 2019 portion of its season on the road at the University of Mount Union. The Purple Raiders delivered Capital its first loss of the New Year, 77-68, on Saturday afternoon at The MAAC in Alliance.
Mount Union (11-2, 4-2 OAC) made its living behind the arc after tossing up 36 3-point attempts and converting 16 of those. Forty-eight of the Purple Raiders' 77 points came from behind the 3-point stripe, accounting for 62.3 percent of its points. Only 12 of its 28 field goals came from inside the arc and nine of those were in the paint.
Capital (8-5, 3-3 OAC) was unable to keep up with the Mount Union 3-point assault despite shooting 40.7 percent from the field and better than 50 percent from distance. CU attempted 13 triples, landing seven (.538).
The Crusaders trailed by just two points at the end of a high-scoring first quarter, 23-21. The Purple Raiders made its big move in the second after outscoring Capital 21-10 to account for a 13-point lead at halftime. Despite picking up eight points on its opponent in the fourth quarter it turned out to not be enough to overcome the free-shooting Purple Raiders.
Carlie Hulette (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) tallied a career-high 16 points in the loss, 14 of those coming in the first half. Her previous high was 15 set last year as a freshman. Senior Erin Risner (14) and freshman Emma Burns (13) joined Hulette in double figures. For Burns, this marks her third game with 10 or more points and she has now done so in back-to-back games.
On the other side, four of Mount Union's five starters finished with 10 or more points, led by Tori Rappach and Rachel Tinkey. Each had a game-high 18 points and both went 6-for-11 from 3-point land. Jamie Sanborn posted a double-double behind 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Capital will bring its game back home and look for a win against the defending Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Champion, Marietta College. The Pioneers and Crusaders will square up at The Capital Center on Wednesday, January 9 at 7 p.m.