Pioneer women drop OAC contest to Capital, 82-60

COLUMBUS — The Marietta College women’s basketball team fell to Capital University, 82-69, Wednesday evening.

With the loss, Marietta fell to 9-5 overall and 4-3 in Ohio Athletic Conference play, while Capital improved to 9-5 overall and 4-3 in the OAC.

Head coach Kole Vivian said, “We talk about defense and rebounding all the time and tonight we did a poor job of that collectively.”

The Pioneers opened the game on a quick 5-0 run as Shay Lett knocked down a pair of foul shots and a 3-pointer to open the game. Marietta was able to maintain their five-point advantage as Jo Herd-Middlebrooks hit a jumper to give the Pioneers a 12-7 edge at the 6:32 mark of the first quarter. Marietta continued to play well and stretched its lead to 19-9 behind a pair of fouls shots from Cheyenne Barker. The Crusaders closed out the quarter on a 10-0 run and teams entered the second quarter deadlocked at 19 points apiece.

Marietta opened the second quarter with back to back baskets from Marlo Taylor to take a 24-19 edge two minutes into the quarter. The Pioneers quick started continued when Bailee Brooks knocked down a pair of jump shots to stretch Marietta’s lead to 29-21 at the 5:35 mark of the second quarter. After the teams traded baskets for a couple of possessions, the Crusaders ended the half on an 8-0 run, to tie the game at 32-32 at the intermission.

The third quarter opened as a back and forth battle as the game was tied or the lead changed hands eight times in the opening five minutes. After a pair of free throws from Taylor and foul shot from Alexis Enochs the Pioneers held a 48-45 advantage with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter. Capital closed out the quarter strong and led, 51-50.

The Crusaders opened the final frame on an 8-2 run that saw them take a 59-52 edge. The run was halted when Lett knocked down a pair of fouls shots. Capital answered with an 11-2 run, which gave them a 71-56 advantage with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Marietta battled for the final three minutes of the game but fell, 82-69.

The Pioneers were led by Lett as she led all scorers with a career high 24 points. Taylor pitched in with career highs in points and blocks with 16, and three respectively. Herd-Middlebrooks set a career high in rebounds with 13 and also had eight points.

Marietta will return to action Saturday when it travels to face Ohio Northern University, with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m.