Crusaders Beat Up The Berg to Close Out First Round of OAC Play

Pictured: Erin Risner (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Erin Risner (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first pass through of the Ohio Athletic Conference schedule is complete. Capital University Women's Basketball ended round one of the OAC schedule with a 62-49 win over Heidelberg University on Wednesday night at The Capital Center Performance Arena.

From start to finish, Capital (10-6, 5-4 OAC) dominated the line score and held advantages in shooting percentages from all areas of the court, rebounds, second-chance points, and points in the paint. The Crusaders combined for a 48 percent (24-50) success rate from the field and 63.6 percent (7-11) from 3-point range.

Sophomore Elle Folan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) was stellar from behind the 3-point line after going 4-of-6 in the win. Folan was one of three Crusaders to score in double figures and shared the team lead in scoring with teammate Erin Risner (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield).

Risner used her mid-range game to her advantage and once again crashed the glass to mount her fourth double-double performance of the season behind 14 points and 11 rebounds. The senior furthered her defensive numbers with two steals and one block.

Freshman Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) was the third Capital player to score 10 or more points. Burns finished with 12 behind a 4-of-5 shooting day, overall.

CU built up a nine-point lead after the first quarter after keeping the Student Princes off of the board for the final 1:55 and just three points over the last 3:57 of the frame. Burns hit her first of two 3-pointers just before time expired in the first to give Cap a 19-10 lead.

The Crusaders picked up another three points to add to its lead going into halftime before its third-quarter explosion. Out of the break, Cap outscored Heidelberg 21-9, including a 14-1 run to end the quarter. The exclamation point to end the third came from Jocie Kaiser's 3-point make to put Cap up 53-29.

With a commanding lead, Capital began playing its reserves and rode on to its 10th win of the season. Cap is now in a three-way tie for fourth place in the OAC standings along with Marietta College and Otterbein University.

Capital will begin the second leg of the conference slate at home versus Ohio Northern University, which the Crusaders defeated earlier this season, 63-56. The Crusaders and Polar Bears are set to meet at The Capital Center on Saturday, January 19 at 3 p.m.