WILMINGTON, Ohio – A late push by Wilmington was unable to be stopped by the Heidelberg University women's basketball team as the Student Princes fell 51-48. Battling back after a rough start to the game, the Berg found themselves ahead with under three minutes to play, but the host Quakers rallied late and held on to deal the Berg the defeat.
Heidelberg made just seven of their 26 3-point attempts on the day, making it tough for them to get going and build a lead against the Quakers.
Wilmington scored 22 points in the paint, compared to just 10 for the Berg, controlling the inside on their home floor.
Wilmington opened the game in a big way, going on a 12-0 run to start off the contest.
Heidelberg withstood the storm, however, as a 3-pointer by Ricketts at the 6:03 mark made the score 16-15 in favor of the Quakers.
Hawkins hit a trey with 2:23 remaining to knot the score at 18, but Wilmington answered with a 3-pointer of their own to take a three-point lead entering the break.
The two teams traded blows to open the half until Wilmington went on a small run to take a 30-23 lead at the 15:49 mark.
A quick 7-0 run by the Berg knotted the score at 30 after Ricketts nailed a layup with 11:45 remaining.
The Student Princes took their first lead of the game at the 4:02 mark after Jackie Abrecht drilled a 3-pointer to make the score 42-41. The Berg was able to build on to that lead after Ricketts hit a jumper and made a pair of free throws.
Leading 48-47 with under a minute to play, a crucial turnover by the Berg turned into points for Wilmington as the Quakers took the lead right back.
The Student Princes missed a trey with four seconds to play as Wilmington pulled down the rebound and hit another pair of free throws to come away with the victory.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
The 30.2% shooting from the field for Heidelberg was their 3rd-lowest output of the season.
The Student Princes return home next Wednesday, February 4th, to face Baldwin Wallace in another crucial game in the OAC. That contest is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium. In the meeting between these two teams earlier in the season, a half-court shot by the Berg rimmed out as time expired and BW hung on for the 57-55 win on January 14th in Berea.