OBERLIN – Five players scored double-figures as the Heidelberg University women's basketball team filled the stat sheet in a 98-91 win at Oberlin on Tuesday. The 98-point eruption was the highest output by the Heidelberg offense since a 110-60 win against Concordia in 1991.
Heidelberg (4-0) last eclipsed the 90-point plateau in a 92-44 win over Marietta 10 years ago.
Freshman Carli Patrick scored a game-high 28 points to send the Student Princes to their first 4-0 start since the 06-07 season. Kyra Dorney recorded her first career double-double as she finished with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
Oberlin (4-2) dominated the play in the early going. At the midway point of the first half, the Yeowomen held a 13-point advantage. Heidelberg went on a 15-3 run over the next four minutes to cut into the OC lead.
Leading by seven at halftime, the Yeowomen opened up a 10-point lead before the Student Princes would start to chip away. Down four with under eight minutes to play, Patrick and Molly Schriber combined to score the next 14 points to give Heidelberg a three-point advantage. Schriber finished with 10 points.
After Oberlin tied the game at 83 with 4:24 left, Allie Hawkins converted two free throws to regain the lead for the Tricolor. From that point, HU closed the game on a 15-8 run. Hawkins finished with 11 points.
"Instead of packing it in, we played as a team and rallied from behind," said first-year coach Morgan Shriver. "We believed in ourselves and had several players dominate in the second half."
After halftime, Patrick scored 19 points and Dorney grabbed 13 rebounds.
"With her athleticism, Carli was able to control the game down low," said Shriver. "We were able to go to her down the stretch when we needed to score."
Led by Dorney, the Student Princes ruled the glass, outrebounding the Yeowomen, 52-23.
"I thought Kyra played the game of her life," said Shriver.
Kathleen Phillips, who entered the game as the nation's second-leading scorer, contributed 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Megan Miller returned to the lineup after battling a series of injuries. She scored five points.
On Saturday, Heidelberg will travel to Bluffton in search of their fifth win. The Student Princes have not started 5-0 since the 2005-06 season. Tip-off with Bluffton is scheduled for 3 p.m.