BLUFFTON – The Heidelberg University women's basketball team came up just short on the road on Tuesday, falling 85-79 at Bluffton University. Theresa Jackson was nearly unstoppable for the Berg in the game, going for a game-high 28 points, but it was not enough as the Beavers held on late to remain unbeaten. Heidelberg falls to 2-2 with the defeat while Bluffton improves to 3-0.
Jackson led all players with 28 points in the game, which is one shy of her career-high. The junior was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line and also shot 9-for-12 from the field in the game.
Shelby Dearth put together a solid game off the bench for Heidelberg, scoring 16 points, which is also one shy of her career high. Dearth knocked down four 3-pointers and was 2-for-2 from the charity stripe.
The telling stat for Heidelberg was their 16 turnovers in the contest compared to just seven for the host Beavers.
The two sides went back-and-forth early on until a 3-pointer by Maggie Davault gave the Berg a 9-6 lead with 6:17 to play in the period. The Beavers then went on a run, as they opened up a 20-11 lead over the Student Princes at the 1:51 mark.
Heidelberg was able to cut into that lead as the quarter ended, as a layup by Theresa Jackson made it a 20-15 score at the end of the first quarter.
The Student Princes quickly found themselves in a double-digit hole in the second quarter when Bluffton built their lead up to 13 (30-17) with 7:30 remaining until the half.
As the quarter went on, the Berg was able to get back into the game, as a layup by Mariah Pearson made it a five-point game entering halftime (39-34).
Heidelberg rode their momentum into the start of the second half and after a layup by Jackson at the 8:23 mark, the Berg trailed by just one point (39-38).
The Student Princes were able to hang around for a while, but Bluffton finally pushed their lead back out to 11 by the end of the quarter (64-53).
HU was able to once again cut into the Bluffton lead to open the final period, as they pulled within five with 8:01 to play after a layup by Carli Patrick.
After the Beavers were able to extend that lead back out, the Berg battled back yet again and made it just a four-point deficit (72-68) after a Dearth 3-pointer.
Despite a valiant effort down the stretch, Heidelberg was never able to make it a one-possession game down the stretch as Bluffton held on for the 85-79 win.
Heidelberg will return home on Wednesday, December 2nd, when they open up Ohio Athletic Conference play against John Carroll. That contest is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium.