UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – If there was a marquee outside of the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center, it would have read, "Phillips vs. Spahar." The two top scorers in the OAC, Heidelberg's Kathleen Phillips and John Carroll's Missy Spahar, were matching up for the final time.
Unfortunately for the Heidelberg University women's basketball team, John Carroll has two Spahars.
Missy and her sister Katlyn combined for 49 points as the host Blue Streaks defeated the Student Princes 88-76.
Phillips scored 24 points for Heidelberg (10-10, 3-10 OAC), which lost its seventh straight. Carli Patrick recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the year.
John Carroll (16-2, 11-2 OAC) led wire-to-wire and enjoyed a 8-12 point lead throughout much of the game.
Heidelberg inched to within four points of the first-place Blue Streaks midway through the second half, but strong shooting from the Spahars and Beth Switzler thwarted the rally. Switzler finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
The Student Princes outrebounded JCU and had a nearly shooting percentage as the Blue Streaks. However, Heidelberg committed 19 turnovers and shot 27% from 3-point range. JCU had 14 turnovers, five blocked shots and shot 46% from beyond the arc.
Paige Ricketts added 13 points for Heidelberg.
In her first career start, HU's Abbey Geraghty had four points and five rebounds.
Heidelberg will look to reignite its drive toward the OAC tournament on Saturday at Marietta. Tipoff with the Pioneers is at 1 p.m., the first half of a women's/men's doubleheader along the Ohio River.