Purple Raiders shock Crusaders 68-65

It was community day at the Capital Center on the campus of the Capital University. The women’s basketball team was hosting a Mount Union team that was winless in the Ohio Athletic Conference. It was an upset by the Purple Raiders as they earned their first Victory in the OAC.

The first quarter started out with a bang as the Purple Raiders, carried by Brianna Gassman and her two early buckets, went on a 7-1 run. After a few minutes Capital guard Emma Burns knocked down a huge 3-pointer to cut the lead to 12-8. Shortly after Cassidy Bosch, who would lead all scorers in the first quarter with 6 points, made a jump shot to get the first lead for Captial at 13-11. By the end of the first quarter the Crusaders were up on Mount Union 16-15.

In the second quarter the Crusaders and Purple Raiders went back and forth. As the Crusaders saw a big boost from forward Regan Stonerock as she was 4 for 6 from the floor with 8 points all in the second quarter. It was Emma Burns 3-pointer with 6:28 to go that really sparked Captial in the second quarter. However, Mount Union kept fighting as Anika Sweeney would hit a couple 3-pointers to keep it close. At halftime the Crusaders had a 39-36 advantage.

The third quarter started out just the way the first half ended as Emma Burns would hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead to 46-39, but Zanny Sauter would go right back down the floor and make a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 46-42. Just under two minutes to go Mount Union guard Corenna Maynard would hit a 3-point bank shot at the shot clock buzzer to cut the lead to 56-52. After a free throw by Caroline Taphorn the Crusaders would lead 57-52 going into the fourth quarter.

It was a slow start to begin the fourth quarter. It wasn’t until Elena Rauhe hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 58-58. Crucial turnovers cost the Crusaders the lead after a fast break layup by Hailey Peoples-O’Neil of the Purple Raiders after a steal by Elena Rauhe. Crusaders found themselves in a dire need of a bucket so head coach Dixie Jeffers called a timeout. After the timeout Cassidy Bosch made a huge basket to tie the games with 5:18 to go in the fourth quarter. Caroline Taphorn would hit two huge free-throws to go up 64-63. Anika Sweeney would hit a huge 3-pointer for Mount Union to go up 66-64. Sarah Hessel hits two huge free throws to go up 68-65. Taphorn had two bad turnovers that would cost the Crusaders a chance to tie the game in the closing moments clinching a victory for the Purple Raiders.

Anika Sweeney would lead the way for the Purple Raiders with 12 points. Cassidy Bosch and Emma Burns led the Crusaders with 12 points.

Next up for Mount Union is a home game against Muskingum. As for the Capital Crusaders they have a road game against Marietta.

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