TIFFIN – The Heidelberg University women's basketball team ended the first half of the Ohio Athletic Conference slate with a disappointing loss to Ohio Northern University. The Polar Bears used a second half run to pull away to a 61-45 victory.
The loss puts the Student Princes into a tie for fourth place in the OAC with a 5-4 record.
'Berg sophomore Carli Patrick was limited to five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. Without her on the court, the Polar Bears were dominant on the boards.
For the game, ONU out-rebounded the Berg 45-34.
Shooting woes in all facets of the game plagued the Student Princes. HU shot 33.9% from the floor, including 1-of-9 (11.1%) from beyond the arc. The Tricolor was 6-of-15 (40%) from the line.
At the onset, Heidelberg was the aggressor. The Student Princes held a six-point lead midway through the period. With Patrick on the bench, Ohio Northern gathered momentum because of their rebounding and took the lead with a 7-0 run.
With less than four minutes left in the period, a jumper by Theresa Jackson put Heidelberg up four, 22-18. The Polar Bears closed the frame with an 8-0 run, taking a 25-22 lead into the break.
Ohio Northern opened the second half on a 14-6 run to take an 11-point lead with 13:37 remaining.
The Student Princes dialed up their intensity on the defensive end and chipped away at the deficit. Over a five minute span, HU outscored ONU 12-2 and closed to within one.
The Polar Bears withstood the Heidelberg run, not allowing HU to regain the lead. During the next five minutes, Ohio Northern pummeled the Berg with a 16-2 stretch, essentially sealing the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Patrick finished with 12 points and nine rebounds – missing out on double-double for just the third time in her last 13 games.
Jackson tallied a game-high 15 points.
Jordan Kimes racked up 13 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio Northern, her fifth double-double of the year.
The Student Princes start the second half of the OAC slate at Marietta on Saturday. As part of a doubleheader with the men's team, the women tip off at 1 p.m. Heidelberg won the first matchup, 73-65.