COLUMBUS, OHIO – Goucher College lost to Capital College in the first day of the Capital/Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday.
Anise Williams (West Palm Beach, Fla./The Benjamin School) paced the Gophers with 16 points and four steals. The sophomore has found double figures in all six road games this season and has scored 10+ on the road in 11-straight games. Williams also recorded at least four steals for the seventh time this year and 17th time in her career.
Shelby Apostol (Oxnard, Calif./Saint Bonaventure) registered 10 points for the second-straight game. She has registered double figures for the third time in her last seven games and for the fourth time in her career.
Alayna McFadden (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) narrowly missed a double-double after finishing the contest with eight points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore has five 10+ rebound games this season and 11 for her career. McFadden can join Williams in the 500-point club with 10 points on Sunday.
Trailing 27-10, the Gophers used a 20-3 run that started at the eight-minute mark of the second quarter and spilled over into the third quarter. Apostol and Williams paced the spurt with six points each while McFadden and Kyani Quarles (Houston, Texas/Cristo Rey Jesuit) had four points apiece in this stretch to cut the margin to 31-30 with 9:34 left in the third quarter
Quarles posted all six of her points during that Gopher run and finished the game with six points, four rebounds and three blocks.
The game pitted Goucher head coach Andrea Preston against a Capital team she served as an assistant coach for prior to taking the head coaching position at Goucher.
Capital then closed the game by ending the third frame on a 23-6 run and used a 27-9 fourth quarter to earn the 81-45 victory,
Goucher returns to action on Sunday in the final day of the Capital/Marriott Columbus Airport Holiday Tournament. The Gophers will face John Carroll, who downed Oberlin 66-33 on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.