MANHATTAN – The Heidelberg University women's basketball team lost its first game in the NYU Tip-off Classic, 64-56 to Springfield College on Saturday afternoon. The loss dropped HU to 1-1 on the season, while the Pride improved to 2-0.
Turnovers beset the Student Princes on the day. HU committed 25 turnovers, compared to 12 for the Pride.
With the game tied at 13 after one, Heidelberg used a second-quarter surge to gain a 28-20 edge at halftime. Three straight jumpers by Maggie Davault, Theresa Jackson and Mariah Pearson helped spur the run.
Heidelberg outshot (44.8% to 20%) and outrebounded (31-16) the Pride in the first half, but committed 15 turnovers which kept the game close.
After trailing by as many as 11 in the third, the Pride regained the lead with 2:30 left in the third. Lexi Windwer was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. She converted the first two foul shots, but her missed third was gobbled up and put back by Heather King. The four-point trip gave Springfield a 42-40 lead. Following another Pride bucket, Shelby Dearth buried a three from the left point, which made the score 44-43 after three.
Springfield shot 64.3% from the floor in the third.
A 10-2 Springfield run to start the fourth quarter proved to be insurmountable for the Student Princes. As the Pride continued to knock down midrange jumpers, Heidelberg could not find its offensive rhythm. As they did, late free throws by Springfield sealed the win.
"It didn't feel like our guards came ready to play today," said head coach Morgan Shriver. "Especially in the second half, it seemed like we played like we didn't want to make mistakes, rather than trying to be aggressive. I have confidence in our guards, and when they come to play, I know we'll be fine."
Heidelberg returns to action in the Big Apple on Sunday. They face MIT (1-1) at 2 p.m.