GREENCASTLE, Indiana – A blown head gasket on the way to DePauw University turned out to be just the start of a tough afternoon the for the Heidelberg University women's basketball team. The Student Princes struggled early, regrouped and force overtime – but eventually fell to Franklin College, 75-73, in the opening game of DePauw's Amy Hasbrook Classic.
Having trailed by as many as 14 in the second half, overtime seemed like a far-fetched notion for the Student Princes. Down three with the final seconds ticking away, reserve guard Cassidy Frank grabbed an offensive board, stepped back and buried a 3-pointer from the left corner, tying the game at 64.
The Grizzlies prevailed in overtime, despite a career-high 23-point effort from senior guard Allie Hawkins – 20 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The loss dropped Heidelberg to 5-6 on the season. Franklin improved to 7-2.
"In the second half, our mindset changed and we were a lot more aggressive," said third-year head coach Morgan Shriver. "In doing that, we were able to score 31 points in the fourth, compared to just five in the second quarter."
Franklin led by as many as seven in the first quarter before the Student Princes rallied to tie the contest after the first quarter, 11-11.
Shelby Dearth scored all five of Heidelberg's second quarter points as turnovers and missed looks plagued the Student Princes. The Grizzlies went on a 10-0 run to close the final 7:50 of the first half and took a 26-16 lead into halftime.
Perimeter shooting for Heidelberg was much improved in the third quarter. The Student Princes closed with a 10-2 run, buoyed by 3-pointers from Nicole Payne and Dearth.
With a 39-33 lead to start the fourth, Franklin inflated their advantage to nine early in the frame. Heidelberg slowly chipped away with offensive contributions from Nicole Payne, Hawkins, Dearth and Carli Patrick. A strong effort at the line allowed HU to get close enough for Frank's heroic 3-pointer -- the first of her career.
Behind Hawkins' 23 points, Dearth tallied 16 points – one off of her career high. Carli Patrick notched her 18th-career double-double, with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
"Allie had a great game for us and hopefully we can use the momentum we had in the second half to fuel our game tomorrow," said Shriver.
Heidelberg will face host DePauw University (7-2) in the final game of the Amy Hasbrook Classic on Tuesday at 4 p.m.