Second half surge stalls for women's basketball

Second half surge stalls for women's basketball

TIFFIN, Ohio—After a surge in the second half, Heidelberg University women's basketball team stalled out in a 62-54 loss against Ohio Northern University on Wednesday.

Heidelberg (18-4, 11-4 OAC) entered the second half down by seven but fought back to regain the lead several times.

"We are a second half team," said head coach Morgan Shriver. "We came off flat in the first half but we were ready to come out the second half and play our game."

Starting the half, the Student Princes went for an 8-3 run to take a 33-32 lead off two free throws by Kathleen Phillips. It was Heidelberg's first lead since the beginning of the game.

Heidelberg and Ohio Northern (18-4, 11-4 OAC) traded the lead multiple times before ONU's Britt Lauck's free throws broke a 45-45 tie. The foul shots ignited an 11-1 run for the Polar Bears, who then coasted to victory.

Ohio Northern went 19 for 21 at the line and out-rebounded Heidelberg by 13. Jordan Kimes led the Polar Bears with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Heidelberg was led offensively by Kathleen Phillips' game-high 23 points. Allie Hawkins followed Phillips with 12 points off the bench. Kyra Dorney led the 'Berg defensively with eight rebounds.

"With Muskingum coming up on Saturday, we have to let this go," said Shriver. "Our focus shifts to the Muskies."

With three games remaining, the Student Princes are still in the hunt for the OAC tournament. Heidelberg is in a three-way tie for seventh place. The top eight teams compete in the postseason.

Saturday's game at Muskingum is slated for a 3 p.m. start.