TIFFIN – A late 3-pointer by Maggie Davault and a blocked 3-pointer by Marisa Liburdi lifted the Heidelberg University women's basketball team to a 51-48 win over Marietta College on Saturday. After a 12-point lead slipped away, the Student Princes buckled down and ended their four-game homestand with a 3-1 record.
The win pushed the Student Princes to a 5-3 record, 3-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Marietta dropped to 7-2, 1-2 in the OAC.
Marisa Liburdi led a balanced Heidelberg attack with 10 points. Davault added nine and Shelby Dearth had seven.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Ice cold shooting plagued the visitors throughout the first half. The Pioneers were just 6-of-33 (18.2%) from the floor and 0-for-11 from 3-point range. However, 14 first half turnovers limited the Student Prince effectiveness. Heidelberg held a 27-17 edge at intermission.
Marietta, which trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, figured it out offensively and took a 34-33 lead on a putback jumper by Jo Herd-Middlebrooks with 2:35 left in the third. The bucket capped a 17-6 run for the Pioneers. Heidelberg was 4-for-16 in the third, with another six turnovers – but led 37-36.
A 3-pointer by Nicole Payne gave Heidelberg a 48-43 lead with 1:49 remaining. Out of a timeout, Marietta's Morgan Liedtke answered with a 3-pointer from three steps behind the arc. A turnover, foul and two free throws allowed the Pioneers to tie the game at 48 with 1:16.
With 19.2 seconds, guard Maggie Davault buried a 3-pointer from the right wing, giving the Student Princes a 51-48 lead.
Out of a timeout, Marietta's Amisha Herd missed a running layup. Carli Patrick alertly grabbed the board and called for a timeout with 13.2 left. After a foul, Heidelberg could not inbound the ball, which gave Marietta another possession.
On the ensuing possession, Marisa Liburdi blocked a 3-pointer by Brooke Borich and Patrick snared the ensuing rebound to seal the 51-48 win.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
Heidelberg outrebounded Marietta by a 57-34 margin.
Theresa Jackson's 10 rebounds was a career high.
Prior to the game, the Heidelberg players were joined by their Message in a Bottle penpals from a preschool class at Tiffin Calvert. The children and Student Princes have exchanged letters, pictures and candy throughout the season.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH
"Our fourth quarter against Mount Union, we didn't communicate, we didn't play our gaps and we just did our own thing," said third-year head coach Morgan Shriver. "Going into the fourth quarter today, we reminded the team how that felt and challenged them to improve ... and it was great to see us come away with the win."
Heidelberg hits the road for the first time in December, traveling to Wilmington (2-4, 1-2 OAC) on Wednesday. Gametime is slated for 7:30 p.m.