MANHATTAN – Amid the noise and energy of Midtown Manhattan, the Heidelberg University women's basketball team used a strong second half to upend MIT at NYU's Tip-Off Classic, 65-59. With the win, the Student Princes improve to 2-1. The Engineers fall to 1-2.
Carli Patrick and Marisa Liburdi continued their early-season success around the paint. Patrick finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds -- her second-consecutive double-double. Patrick was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Liburdi battled for 12 points and six boards.
The Student Princes were 8-of-16 from beyond the arc – as Jackie Abrecht, Kate Brickner and Allie Hawkins all contributed timely 3-pointers. Abrecht finished with a career-high 12 points. Brickner and Hawkins finished with 10 and nine points, respectively.
The Engineers led 19-11 after the first quarter, thanks in large part to eight points from Sabrina Drammis and seven points from Kara Holinski.
In the second quarter, a 3-pointer by Abrecht – as the shot clock expired – cut the deficit down to 23-19. MIT, however, would push the lead to 10 at 35-25 with 2:10 remaining in the half.
Following a timeout, Patrick scored four straight points and helped the Student Princes close the MIT lead to 37-31 at the break.
Midway through the third, Brickner buried a 3-pointer from the right point. The basket cut MIT's advantage to 41-40. Later, trailing by three, Liburdi missed the and-one free throw on a layup, but Patrick tracked down the rebound and was fouled. With HU in the bonus, Patrick split the foul shots to tie the game at 46.
Abrecht's second 3-pointer of the game, early in the fourth, gave Heidelberg its first lead since the opening minutes of the game.
Timely rebounding from Heidelberg allowed the Tricolor to extend their lead throughout the fourth quarter.
Abrecht and Shiloh Murphy combined for ten free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
Drammis finished with 21 points and Holinski added 15 points in the loss.
"I thought we looked a little timid in the first half," said Heidelberg head coach Morgan Shriver. "I'm very proud of the way we fought back into the game – and even happier that we kept our foot on the gas and came out with a win."
It's another quick turn-around for the women's basketball team. HU is back on the road for a 7 p.m. game at Bluffton University (2-0) on Tuesday.