Women's Basketball: Raiders Unable to Overcome Slow Start at Capital

Jaime Sanborn
Jaime Sanborn

BEXLEY, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's basketball team lost to Capital, 69-47, in the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season finale Saturday afternoon at the Capital Center.

The Purple Raiders fall to 17-8 overall and 10-8 in the OAC as senior forward Jaime Sanborn (Twinsburg) led the team with 14 points.

Capital had four players score in double figures with Emma Burns lead the way with 16 as the team improves to 16 -9 overall and 11-7 in the OAC.

First quarter, Mount Union Capital exchanged buckets in the opening minutes until Capital scored seven unanswered points for a 13-4 lead with just under three minutes to play. Sanborn hit a pair of free throws to slow down Capital's surge, 13-6, at the two-minute warning. Mount Union closed out the quarter on a 4-2 run to trail the Crusaders 15-10 heading into the second. 

Capital took hold of the second quarter as six straight points from Carlie Hullette and Burns extended Capital's lead to 11 points at 21-10. Mount Union got its first basket of the quarter from Sanborn halfway through the period at 5:05 to cut the deficit to 21-12. Mount Union only put seven more points on the board, all from Sarah Hessel (Avon Lake) and Sanborn, to trail Capital by 10, 29-19, at the break.

Momentum stayed with Capital, increasing the scoring margin to 37-19 and then 40-20 as the Crusaders were hot from both behind to arc and at the free throw line. Zanny Sauter (Avon) scored five points in the quarter, aiding in a comeback for the Raiders as they would get back within 10 points at 47-37 with 20 seconds on the clock. Taphorn's trip to line with 17 seconds remaining concluded the third quarter as Capital would hold on to lead 49-37.

A three by Elena Rauhe (Seven Hills/Padua Franciscan) looked to kick start the Mount Union offense in the fourth quarter, trailing 51-40 after a minute and a half of play. Tori Rappach (Warren/Howland) followed up with a three of her own, but Capital soon sparked a 13-4 run to win the game 69-47.

Mount Union heads to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will play at No. 3 Marietta Tuesday, February 19 at 6 p.m.