Slow start does not derail women's basketball

Slow start does not derail women's basketball

TIFFIN – As the adage goes, it's not how you start, it's how you finish. For the second game in a row, the Heidelberg University women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to win.

On Monday night, Westminster College built an 11-0 lead before Heidelberg thundered back and won 77-66.

Eighteen Heidelberg players saw action and 12 scored, led by Kathleen Phillips' 19 points. Megan Miller had 12 and Carli Patrick added 11.

Phillips moved ahead of Kathy Musser (1988-1991) for fifth place on the career scoring list at Heidelberg. The senior from Sandusky has 1,418 points, nearly 500 points shy of all-time leader Rachael Poland (1998-2002), who had 1,914.

After Westminster (2-5, 0-2 PAC) jumped out to the 11-point lead, Heidelberg head coach Morgan Shriver called a timeout. Shortly after, trailing 13-4, Phillips picked up her second foul and moved the bench.

Heidelberg (8-2, 2-2 OAC) dialed up the intensity of their full court press and crawled back into the game. The resurgence was propelled by a group off the bench, headed by Nicole Payne and Gina Miccinilli.

Payne and Miccinilli each had a steal as the Student Princes took a 17-16 lead just nine minutes after trailing 11-0. Miccinilli finished with a career-high five assists.

Shriver's crew closed out the first half on a 38-18 run.

In the second half, the pesky Titans stayed close with a strong effort on the offensive glass and at the line. Westminster cut the HU lead to two on four separate occasions, but each time, the Tricolor responded.

Phillips, who picked up her fourth foul early in the second half, scored 10 points in a four minute stretch to quell Westminster's surge.

Leading by four with four minutes to play, the Student Princes embarked on an 11-1 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Shelby Dearth.

In her first game since transferring to Heidelberg a year ago, Dearth finished with six points.

"Obviously, down 11-0 on home court is not something we want to do," said Shriver. "The second group off our bench really provided a spark for us tonight."

Kyra Dorney did not register a point, but the senior grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

The Student Princes will close out 2013 on Friday at North Park, .

"It's a business trip for us," said Miller, a senior from Tiffin. "I think we have the right mindset heading to Chicago."

Tipoff on Friday is at 5 p.m. EST.