CHICAGO – A long bus ride and congested Chicago traffic only held back the Heidelberg University women's basketball team for about six minutes.
After a sluggish start, the 'Berg rolled to an 87-75 victory at North Park University on Friday. Four Student Princes finished in double-figures, led by Kathleen Phillips' game-high 21 points. Megan Miller had 16 points and Carli Patrick and Allie Hawkins each had 10 points.
For the second straight game, Heidelberg (9-2 , 2-2 OAC) fell behind early. After trailing 6-0, the Berg went on a 21-4 run, sparked by a pair of three pointers from Miller. Heidelberg shot 45.5% from the floor in the half and held the Vikings to 28.6% shooting.
The Student Princes converted four three-point plays and went 10-of-12 from the line prior to intermission, where they led 43-25.
Just as they did in the first half, North Park (6-4, 0-0 CCIW) opened the second frame with a run. A 15-2 rally cut the Heidelberg lead to five, which prompted a timeout from first-year head coach Morgan Shriver.
After the timeout, Miller scored twice and Allie Hawkins hit a layup off a steal and assist by Patrick. The 'Berg's six-point flurry drew a timeout from the Vikings.
Shriver's crew pushed their lead back to 17 with a three-point play by Phillips with 6:14 left to play.
The Vikings cut the lead HU to nine with under two minutes to play, but the Tricolor sealed the game at the free throw line.
For the game, Heidelberg shot 75% from the line and 46% from the floor.
"We treated this like a business trip," said Shriver. "We stayed focused, created turnovers and hit key shots."
The Student Princes close out 2013 with nine wins, their most in six years. Heidelberg will return to the court on Saturday, January 4.