TIFFIN – Heidelberg University women's basketball team's 69-64 loss to Baldwin Wallace had all the markings of a moral victory. After all, the Student Princes haven't defeated the Yellow Jackets in over a decade.
But this team, led by first-year head coach Morgan Shriver, no longer puts stock in any less than an actual victory. Despite taking the conference-leading Yellow Jackets down to the wire, the Student Princes were not content with their performance.
"Our girls are anxious and excited to see Baldwin Wallace again," said Shriver. "We want to learn from this game, make our adjustments and take another crack at them."
After falling behind 11-0, the Heidelberg (10-6, 3-6 OAC) emerged from a first half slumber and clawed their way back into the contest. HU turned the ball over six times and missed 10 shots during scoreless streak which stretched nearly nine minutes.
The Tricolor answered with a 12-4 run highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Jackie Abrecht.
Baldwin Wallace (13-3, 8-1 OAC) led by five at halftime and led by as many as nine in the second half.
Phillips scored 25 of her game-high 33 points after intermission. Schriber finished with eight points.
Down two, the Student Princes had two chances to tie or take the lead with 2:30 remaining. When Megan Miller missed a 3-pointer from the wing, Carli Patrick grabbed an offensive rebound. The ball swung to Phillips, who rimmed out a 15-foot jumper.
Despite missing time after taking an elbow to the nose, Miller had nine points and six rebounds.
After the missed opportunity, BW rebuilt their advantage to eight and held on for the victory.
Heidelberg outrebounded BW 37-36. Patrick led with nine boards.
The game marked the midway point in the OAC's double round-robin schedule. The three conference wins equals the total amount from the past three seasons combined.
"We know where we stand in the conference, and it is not where we want to end up," said Shriver. "We know we have a lot of work to do in the last nine games. Our girls are hungry."
The second half of the conference slate begins with a home game against Mount Union on Saturday. Heidelberg beat the Purple Raiders 73-66 in Alliance. Tipoff on Saturday is at 3 p.m.