AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Two student-athletes from the Heidelberg University women's basketball team have been named All-Ohio Athletic Conference following the 2014-15 season. Carli Patrick led the way by being named to the 2nd team, while senior Paige Ricketts was selected as honorable mention All-Conference.
After returning from an injury to open the season, Patrick quickly turned into a double-double machine for the Student Princes, rolling off 10 in her first 11 starts on the year. During that stretch, she averaged 11.9 points and 13.6 rebounds per game, which included the Berg's three-straight wins to open the 2015 calendar year.
On the season, she picked up 13 double-doubles and averaged 10.3 rebounds per game, leading the OAC in both categories. The sophomore finished the year nearly averaging a double-double, scoring 9.8 points per game, including a season-high 27 against Mount Union on February 14th. Patrick was also among the conference's leaders in field goal percentage, shooting 51% from the field on the season to rank fourth in the OAC.
Paige Ricketts was the motor that made the Heidelberg offense run for most of the year, leaving her mark during her senior season en route to honorable mention All-OAC recognition. She was a jack-of-all-trades for the Berg, ranking among the conference leaders in rebounds, assists, steals, and free throws. Ricketts ranked 5th in rebounding with 6.6 per game, 4th in assists with 3.1 per game, and 6th in steals with two per contest. She also attempted the most free throws in the conference with 148, converting the second-most in the OAC with 111, ranking 12th in free throw percentage at 75%.
She filled up the stat sheet on many occasions, including an impressive performance in an 80-70 win over Muskingum on February 7th. In that contest, Ricketts scored 17 points, pulled down seven boards, dished out six assists, blocked two shots, and recorded seven steals to lead the Berg to the victory. She finished the season averaging 9.3 points per game.
The Heidelberg women finished the season with an 11-16 record, including an 8-10 mark in OAC play during head coach Morgan Shriver's second year at the helm. They earned a home game in the first round of the conference tournament, rallying from a 20-point deficit to stun Mount Union for their first OAC Tournament victory in 11 years.