The shooting woes continued as the John Carroll University women’s basketball team’s offense sputtered in a close loss to Capital University at home on Saturday, Feb. 6, 59-48.
The defeat drops the Blue Streaks to 11-10 overall, 6-8 in Ohio Athletic Conference play entering Wednesday’s matchup with Baldwin Wallace University.
The main reason for the loss to Capital can be traced to a simple reality – a cold shooting spell for JCU.
The Blue Streaks shot just 31.3 percent from the field, including 0-of-15 from 3-point range, against a tough Capital defense.
The first quarter perfectly characterized this reality. As Capital leaped out to an 8-0 lead, JCU struggled to hit shots. The Blue Streaks missed 10 shots before hitting their first of the game, a jumper by Bri Pittenger, at the 3:31 mark of the first quarter.
The rest of the stanza went similarly, as the Crusaders took a 14-6 lead heading into the second quarter.
The second stanza played out just like the first, featuring plenty of physical play and stiff defense on both ends.
The Blue Streaks began to heat up as the quarter ended, however. JCU used a 7-2 run in the final five minutes to bring the score to 23-15 at halftime.
The third quarter began much differently than the first two. The Blue and Gold roared out of the gate, using the pent-up energy to score 12 unanswered points and take their first lead of the game. At the 6:37 mark of the third, JCU led 27-23, thanks to eight combined points by Cairnie and junior Katie Battaglia.
Then, out of the blue, JCU’s offense fell cold once again. The Blue Streaks scored just five more points over the next six minutes. Capital quickly rolled to a 5-0 run, retaking the lead. Capital would hold the lead, leading by a mere one point heading into the fourth quarter.
Fresh out of momentum, JCU’s ship sank in the fourth quarter. The Blue Streaks took back the lead with 8:01 remaining as Cairnie hit a jumper to steal the lead back, 38-37, but the Crusaders soon fought back with ferocity. Capital rolled to a 9-1 run over the next three minutes, eventually sealing the game and a 59-48 victory.
Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s basketball team returned to action on Wednesday, Feb. 10 against Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. Head to jcusports.com for a full game recap and box score.