Women's basketball upsets Purple Raiders

Women's basketball upsets Purple Raiders

ALLIANCE – After suffering the first loss of the season on Wednesday, first-year head coach Morgan Shriver knew the Heidelberg University would respond well at Mount Union on Saturday.

"We have 19 more games to go," said Shriver after the 75-59 mid-week loss to Capital. "I am confident that our girls will pick their heads up and get back it."

Shriver was right.

Heidelberg (6-1, 1-1 OAC) upended Mount Union, 73-66, snapping a 12-game losing streak to the Purple Raiders. Mount Union was picked by the coaches to finish fourth while the Student Princes were picked to finish tenth.

A trio of Student Princes reached double figures, led by Kathleen Phillips' game-high 25 points.

The Student Princes used a 24-6 run to turn an 11-point first half deficit into a seven-point halftime lead.

Mount Union (5-2, 0-2 OAC) closed the 'Berg to two points early in the second half. A layup from Carli Patrick ignited a 13-4 run for the Tricolor. Patrick scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half.

The Purple Raiders made a charge late in the contest. With less than a minute to play, Mount Union grabbed an offensive rebound off of a missed free throw. Annie Bova's 3-point attempt, which would have cut the HU lead to three, was off the mark. The ball caromed out of bounds and the Student Princes clinched the game at the free throw line.

"Our focus this week in practice was all about defense, and it paid off for us," said Shriver. "The entire team bought into what we have been teaching."

Molly Schriber picked up eight rebounds in her first start of the year. Phillips also had eight rebounds for The Berg.

Phillips and Allie Hawkins each hit three 3-pointers for Heidelberg, which shot 57.1% from beyond the arc and 44% from the floor. Hawkins finished with 13 points.

"We had a great team effort for 40 minutes," said Shriver, who was a junior on the last Heidelberg team to beat Mount Union.

Heidelberg will return to action on Wednesday. John Carroll will visit Tiffin for a 7:30 p.m. tussle.