WBB comeback effort falls short at Bluffton

WBB comeback effort falls short at Bluffton

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.

KEY STATS

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.

FIRST QUARTER

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.

SECOND 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).

THIRD QUARTER

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).

FOURTH QUARTER

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.

UP NEXT

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.