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Cold Shooting Leads to Women's Basketball Defeat at Capital

Photo by Randy Sarvis
Photo by Randy Sarvis

BEXLEY, Ohio - The Wilmington College women's basketball team shot an ice-cold 26.2 percent from the field and 11.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc in a 61-51 loss at Capital University on Saturday evening.

Neither team led by more than a basket in the early going until the Crusaders scored on three consecutive possession to lead 14-8. The Fightin' Quakers, which trailed 17-12 after one quarter and by as many as nine (26-17) early in the second, locked down defensively to cut the deficit. Wilmington held Capital scoreless from the field for over six minutes, and an old-fashioned, three-point play from Kelis Jones tied the game 27-27 late in the second quarter. Emma Burns scored two of her 15 points and Kennedy Lewis hit two free throws to end the half.
The Crusaders scored the first six points of the third quarter, but the Quakers wouldn't let the deficit get any larger as the entire 10-minute session was played within a five-point window afterwards. Leading 41-40 after 30 minutes, Capital once again scored the first six points of the quarter, forcing a Quaker timeout from Interim Head Coach Janel Blankespoor. A Burns triple that followed gave the Crusaders a double-digit lead, 52-42, with 4:50 to play in regulation.
Wilmington didn't pack it in, however, as a Lewis triple followed by four consecutive McKayla Binkley points got the visitors within a possession (52-49) with 2:20 left. Empty possession for both teams followed, and Elise Carpenter got an offensive rebound and was fouled. Two made free throws followed, but Burns, once again, answered with a layup to put Capital back up three (54-51).
After Quakers' timeout yielded an open triple try from Kennedy Lewis to tie the game, but it was too strong. On Capital's next possessions, Burns connected on a contested triple, putting the game away.
Capital held a slight 41-38 rebounding edge while Wilmington forced two more turnovers and made one more free throw. The Crusaders won the game with their shooting from the field, converting 21-of-48 (43.8 percent) and 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from distance.
McKayla Binkley led all scorers with 16 points and seven rebounds while Michelle Lee and Hannah Binkley chipped in nine and eight points respectively. Burns and Caroline Taphorn finished with 15 points each while Taphorn had a double-double with 11 rebounds.

Wilmington (3-3) faces Marietta College for a pair of games next weekend.