By: Allison Lowe, assistant sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Capital University women's basketball team dropped a 67-60 decision to Washington & Jefferson College Saturday afternoon at the Capital Center. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-2 on the year while the Presidents improve to 5-2.
Sophomore Emma Burns (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) paced Capital with 17 points and three steals. Senior Regan Stonerock (Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) put up 14 points and nine boards. Junior Caroline Taphorn (Harrison, Ohio/McAuley) scored five points and led the team with nine assists. Eight Crusaders put points on the board. Lauren Gilbert led Washington and Jefferson with 20 points and seven rebounds.
Capital came out to score the first basket of the game before the Presidents went on to score nine unanswered points. The Crusaders made a comeback to outscore the Presidents, 12-9 in the first quarter. Stonerock scored six points for the Crusaders with a layup and two jumpers. Junior Carlie Hulette (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) put four points on the board and Burns added two for the Purple and White.
Washington and Jefferson shot 4-4 at the free-throw line in the second quarter, but the Crusaders held the lead throughout, out-scoring the Presidents 17-15. Burns picked up the momentum in the second, scoring nine points, which included two three-pointers. Stonerock, Bosch, Hulette, and Wachtman each scored a basket for the Purple and White.
The Presidents tied up the score with 5 minutes left in the third, but neither team could maintain a steady lead. Although the Presidents outscored the Crusaders 19-17, Capital held onto the lead heading into the final quarter. Taphorn when 1-1 on the free-throw line and scored on both her field goal attempts, earning 5 points. Stonerock put up six points and had three rebounds.
Washington & Jefferson took the ball and ran with it late in the fourth quarter, going ahead 57-56. However, Capital took back the lead, scoring on two free throws. The Presidents went on a 9-2 run with 2:27 left in the game, securing a seven-point win over the Crusaders. Burns scored six points and sophomore Brooke Ommert (Wakeman, Ohio/Western Reserve) put five on the board for the Purple and White.
The Crusaders will take on Otterbein University at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rike Center.