WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Without the offensive pressure of senior Kathleen Phillips, the Student Princes could not overcome a late surge from Otterbein as they fall to the Cardinals, 64-55.
Freshman Carli Patrick stepped up in Phillips' absence to lead the Berg women with a game-high 16 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal. Patrick shot eight of nine from the field against the Cardinals. The freshman Student Prince is averaging 12.4 points per game and nearly five and a half boards per game in the Tricolor.
The Berg bench was led offensively by sophomore Erin Pacholski who collected five points and three rebounds. Senior Kyra Dorney contributed off of the bench as she led the supporting cast with six rebounds.
As a unit, the Berg's starting five accounted for 44 of the Berg women's 55 points in Westerville.
With a loss to the Cardinals, the Student Princes move to 10-5 overall under first year head coach Morgan Shriver. The Berg stands at 3-5 in the Ohio Athletic Conference with the top ranked Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace up next.
The Student Princes led for the first 6:45 of the game until Otterbein brought the contest to it's third tie, 11-11, at the 13:15 mark. The Cardinals took their first lead of the game following a three-point play and maintained their advantage until the Berg women pulled the game back to even, 20-20 with 8:37 remaining in the half.
Slightly less than three minutes later, Pacholski tied the game with a pair of free throws. Pacholski sparked an 8-0 Heidelberg run with another set of free throws, that would last until the 2:05 mark.
The Cardinals dropped six unanswered points on the Berg to make the score 30-32 at halftime.
Up two out of the locker room, the Student Princes lost their lead just 0:27 into the second half. With the contest tied, 32-32, the Berg ladies and Otterbein exchanged the lead nine times in the next 13:27. At the 5:50 mark of the second half, the Cardinals took a 47-46 lead and maintained their advantage for the remainder of the contest.
The Berg pulled within one with 4:15 remaining but the Cardinals extended their lead to as much as nine with under a minute to play. In the closing 0:32 Otterbein's Tabitha Piper and Mary Corbett shot a combined 6-6 from the charity stripe to make a late Berg rally improbable.
The Berg women will host Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday, January 22 as they continue OAC regular season action. Tipoff from Seiberling Gymnasium is slated for 7:30 p.m.