MARIETTA, Ohio – The Heidelberg University women's basketball team could not overcome untimely turnovers in a 74-67 loss at Marietta College on Saturday. The Pioneers score the game's final seven points, all with less than a minute remaining.
The loss to Marietta snaps Heidelberg's three-game winning streak over the Pioneers. The Student Princes fall to an even 5-5 record in Ohio Athletic Conference play. The Pios improve to 3-7 in OAC action.
Despite scoring first, Heidelberg spent a vast majority of the first half playing from behind. Marietta converted 12 HU turnovers into 12 points.
With 2:47 left, Heather Booth drained a jumper that put Marietta up 31-23. On the next two Heidelberg possessions, Allie Hawkins and Nicole Payne nailed 3-pointers, bringing HU within two. Hawkins converted a pair from the line with 1:32 remaining to tie the contest at 31. Both teams scored in the final minute and headed to the locker room knotted at 33.
Much like the first half, Heidelberg enjoyed early success in the second half, but Marietta soon took control. After a jumper by Theresa Jackson tied the game at 49, Marietta scored the next six points and forced Heidelberg to play catch-up.
MC's Sierra Sigman hit a layup with 5:22 remaining, giving the Pioneers a 64-57 advantage. Heidelberg scored the next eight points – three straight buckets by Jackson and a layup by Carli Patrick -- to take a 65-64 lead with 2:04 remaining.
Jessica Brogan put the Pioneers back on top with a 3-pointer on the subsequent possession. Jackson responded with a game-tying layup with 1:00 left, tying the game at 67.
Marietta closed the game with a 7-0 run, capitalizing on Heidelberg turnovers and defensive miscues.
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Patrick tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds, notching her 11th double-double of the season. She was 6-of-13 from the floor and 3-of-3 at the line.
Jackson poured in 14 points off the bench while Paige Ricketts contributed 12 points and five rebounds.
Heidelberg shot a season-high 86.7% (13-of-15) from the foul line.
A tough test awaits Heidelberg as front-running John Carroll University travels to Tiffin on Wednesday. The Student Princes will look to avenge JCU's 72-46 victory in early December. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.