The Capital Crusaders came into Wednesday’s game frustrated. In their previous game they fell just short at ONU giving them their fourth loss by less than five points this season. There was an edge to the team today and you could sense the focus the team had from the second you walked into the arena; they would not be denied.
The Lady Crusaders came out and started the game in dominant fashion, setting the tone for the night. In the first quarter, freshman forward Kaylee Cyphers was dominant. She had seven points, got to the free throw line twice and grabbed four boards in five minutes. Her teammates were locked in as well, the team lead 27-8 after the first quarter and shot 58% from the field with solid contributions from sophomore guard Emma Burns and junior guard Caroline Taphorn.
The second quarter was much of the same, but with some more fresh faces. Although the team didn’t shoot as well as they did in the first quarter, they still made 48% of their shots. Leading the Crusaders in this quarter was Cassidy Bosch, who had eleven points at the half while not missing a single shot. Almost the entire team got playing time in the waning minutes of the first half, as they lead 49-22 going into the break.
To start the second half, it was easy to see that Capital wanted to absolutely bury the Muskies. The Crusaders came out of the locker room early to warm up, with ten minutes left to rest. The third quarter was not as seamless as the first two but Capital was still able to stretch their lead to 75-40 on the backs of Caroline Taphorn and senior forward Elli Wachtman. Watchman had seven points in the quarter, which pushed her total to 11, and Taphorn was the workhorse on her way to a very respectable statistical night.
The fourth quarter was intriguing because it was BSB’s first time covering the team in a true garbage-time situation. There were a lot of fresh, young faces on the floor pretty much the whole quarter and they made the most out of their playing time. Although the Muskies outscored the Crusaders in the fourth quarter, it was reserves against first stringers, and it gave Capital’s Head Coach Dixie Jeffers a nice long look at the future of her program. Capital wound up winning the game 91-64, putting their record at 10-8 overall and 5-6 in the OAC.
You can find the full game and individual stats here. You will be able to catch the Women in action at home again on Saturday, as they will take on arch rival Otterbein in a Men’s – Women’s double header.