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Crusaders fall to Panthers

FERRUM, Va. — Senior Jamie Caton scored her 1,000th career point Friday but it wasn’t enough as Capital University’s women’s basketball team fell to Ferrum 73-70 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Swartz Gymnasium.
Senior Cookie Geroski, a St. Wendelin graduate, totaled 11 points and five rebounds for Capital.
The Crusaders automatically qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship and finish the season with a 19-9 overall record.
Caton led all scorers with 25 points and became the 21st player in Capital women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points. She also added three assists and four steals.
The Crusaders had their final lead with just 1:10 to go in the contest as sophomore guard Nina Napolitano found a seam to the basket to give Capital a 64-63 lead.
Ferrum (27-2) took the lead for good with 44 seconds on the clock, then, after an empty Crusader possession, hit nine of its final 10 free throws over the last 28 seconds to seal the win.
Caton and Geroski are the fifth tandem graduating in the same year to each finish with 1,000 career points.

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