SPRINGFIELD – The Heidelberg University women's basketball team had to battle from behind for the majority of the game in a road contest with Wittenberg on Saturday, ultimately falling to the host Tigers by a final score of 74-65. The Student Princes were able to hold a lead early, but a late first-half run by Wittenberg provided the separation that proved to be insurmountable.
Carli Patrick has been on a tear as of late, with this game being no exception. The sophomore from Norwalk scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds, marking her fifth-straight double-double.
Heidelberg shot 0-of-6 behind the arc in the second half, preventing them from making a late comeback.
Paige Ricketts scored a season-high 17 points, going 11-of-13 from the free throw line.
It was a quick start for Heidelberg, as Shelby Dearth knocked down a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the game, giving the Student Princes an early advantage.
A layup by Patrick at the 16:11 mark made the score 10-6 in favor of the Student Princes.
After Heidelberg led 19-18, Wittenberg went on a 12-0 run to take a 30-19 lead with 3:11 remaining in the half.
The Student Princes cut the lead to five after Ricketts made a free throw to convert a 3-point play with 18:15 remaining.
The two squads went back-and-forth until Wittenberg pulled away, taking a 65-47 lead with just 5:09 left to play.
At that point, Heidelberg went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 10. The Student Princes continued to chip away and pulled within six after Theresa Jackson made a layup at the 2:06 mark.
Free throws by the Tigers iced the game down the stretch as Wittenberg held on for the 74-65 win.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Patrick now leads the Ohio Athletic Conference in rebounding, averaging 13.5 per game.
Dearth has been the lone bright spot for Heidelberg from beyond the 3-point line this season and is the only Student Prince above 40% on the season, shooting 44% after going a perfect 3-of-3 today.
Head coach Morgan Shriver on the end of the first half: "During their run we had some dumb turnovers and we let them get some open looks offensively. We kind of let that snowball on us."
Shriver on the comeback in the second half: "We need to be a blue-collar team and we have to bring that effort and energy the entire time, we can't wait until there's six minutes left in the game to decide to play hard."
Shriver on the play of Carli Patrick: "She's just an animal on the court. She plays with her hear more than anyone out there. I can't take her off the court. I told her as many minutes as you can handle, you're going to play."
Heidelberg will be off for the next week for the Holidays before traveling to Huntington, Pennsylvania, for the Juniata Comfort Inn Classic on December 30th. The first game of that tournament for the Student Princes will be against host Juniata at 3:00 p.m.