WILMINGTON – The Heidelberg University women's basketball team stumbled on the road on Wednesday evening, falling 66-58 at Wilmington. The Student Princes had to overcome cold shooting early to make a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, but the Quakers held on to the victory despite a valiant effort from the Berg in the final period.
Theresa Jackson scored a game-high 20 points, her second game this season reaching the 20-point mark.
Heidelberg shots just 29.7% from the field in the game while the host Quakers looked right at home, shooting 46.8%.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both sides got off to slow starts, as Heidelberg was the first to get on the board after Carli Patrick made a pair of free throws at the 7:14 mark of the first quarter.
Neither team was able to find their offensive rhythm in the quarter, as Wilmington led 10-7 at the end of the period with both teams shooting under 30% from the field.
The Quakers opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run before a layup by Jackson made it an 18-11 deficit with 7:08 until halftime. The Student Princes were unable to build off of that, as Wilmington stretched their lead to 29-17 at the break.
Things did not get better for the Berg early in the second half, as Wilmington pulled ahead to a 14-point lead with 6:39 to play in the 3rd quarter. Heidelberg was able to cut the deficit to just seven with 3:50 left in the quarter, but the Quakers were able to respond, taking a 48-34 lead at the end of the period.
The Student Princes were able to start the 4th quarter on a 11-1 run to pull within 4 (49-45), as they began to find their stride late in the contest. Wilmington had an answer, however, as they built their lead back out to 10 (55-45) with 3:20 to play, forcing a Heidelberg timeout.
Heidelberg put up a fight down the stretch, but they were unable to get over the hump as Wilmington held on for the 66-58 win with free throws at the end.
Heidelberg will return home on Saturday, December 19th, to face Trine in a non-conference contest. That game is scheduled to tip-off at 3:00 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium.