TIFFIN – A snowy Senior Day went sour as the Heidelberg University women's basketball lost to Mount Union, 70-61. The Purple Raiders sank 13 3-pointers in the victory, overcoming a 27-point effort by Heidelberg's Carli Patrick.
The loss dropped the Student Princes to 9-14, 7-9 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Despite the loss, HU clinched a spot in the OAC tournament with Muskingum's loss to Ohio Northern. The Tricolor can clinch a home playoff game by winning one of its next two contests – at Capital on Wednesday and at Otterbein on Saturday.
Two Heidelberg seniors were recognized after their final home regular season game. Abbey Geraghty and Paige Ricketts each received a warm ovation from the fans in attendance. In her first start of the season, Geraghty had two points and an assist. Ricketts chipped in seven points, two assists, two steals and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Patrick finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, her 13th double-double of the season. Of her 27 points, 22 came before halftime. As Heidelberg was enjoying success in the paint in the first half, the Purple Raiders thrived by burying open looks from beyond the arc.
The lead flip-flopped eight times in the first half, but with five minutes left, the score was knotted at 27. An 8-2 MTU run, which came as a greater 13-2 stretch, vaulted the visitors into the lead to stay.
With a six-point lead at halftime, 40-34, Mount Union extended its lead quickly after halftime. Annie Bova hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half, pushing the Mount lead to double-digits.
Late in the game, Heidelberg managed to get to within seven, but MTU always responded with points.
Patrick and Allie Hawkins were the only two in double figures for Heidelberg. Hawkins had 10 points in the loss. Patrick was one point shy of tying her career high of 28 points, set at Oberlin in November, 2013.
Heidelberg head coach Morgan Shriver was disappointed by the loss, but remained optimistic for the rest of the season.
"We wanted today to be special for Abbey and Paige," said Shriver. "It was, but we want to get them another game at home. We need to win one of the next two games ... it's nice to be in the position to make that happen."
Chandler Moore (17 points) and Bova (15 points) led the Purple Raiders.
The Student Princes will look to secure a home tournament game on Wednesday at Capital University. Heidelberg upended the Crusaders in Tiffin in January, 62-56. The game in Bexley will start at 7:30 p.m.