Women's basketball struggles in loss at Wilmington

Women's basketball struggles in loss at Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Ohio – After a two-week break and a three-hour bus ride, the Heidelberg University women's basketball team struggled offensively and fell 80-51 to Wilmington College on Saturday.

Senior Kathleen Phillips scored a game-high 20 points in the loss, but was the only Heidelberg player in double figures.

Conversely, five Quakers reached double figures in scoring, highlighted by double-doubles from Hannah Haeseker and Makenzie Wippel.

Heidelberg (9-3, 2-3 OAC) opened up with an early 5-0 lead after baskets by Molly Schriber and Allie Hawkins.

Wilmington (6-6, 3-2 OAC) took their first lead at 12-10 when Brittaney Jefferson hit a layup with 15:02 left. Jefferson scored seven of her 12 points in the game's first five minutes.

The Quakers steadily built their lead throughout the remainder of the half, leading 40-25 at intermission.

In the second half, the Wilmington advantage ballooned to 29 at the final buzzer.

The Student Princes shot 34.5% from the floor, including a 3-of-15 performance from beyond the arc. Heidelberg shot an uncharacteristic 47.1% at the free throw line.

Heidelberg has not defeated Wilmington since the regular season finale of the 2000-2001 season.

The Tricolor will try to right the ship next Saturday when they play host to Muskingum University. Tipoff with the Muskies is scheduled for 3 p.m.