TIFFIN – The Heidelberg University women's basketball team just can't seem to beat Baldwin Wallace University. The Student Princes let a late lead slip away as the Yellow Jackets won, 60-56 – their 28th straight victory over HU.
The loss dropped Heidelberg to 6-8, 4-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. BW improved to 9-5, 5-2 in the OAC.
Shiloh Murphy was the lone Student Prince in double figures. She hit three 3-pointers en route to a 15-point night – tying a career-high she set as a freshman at Morehead State.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Baldwin Wallace was dialed in from long-range in the early going, hitting three 3-pointers to take an 11-5 lead. Heidelberg erased the deficit with a 6-0 run, prompting a 30-second BW timeout with 3:18 left in the first. Both teams struggled the rest of the period, with the Yellow Jackets holding a 14-11 edge.
In the second, each team struggled offensively. Both squads only managed nine second-quarter points and BW led 23-20.
BW's Allyson Helleis buried a pair of 3-pointers early in the third quarter, giving the visitors a seven-point lead. Heidelberg whittled the gap down slowly, before Jessica Barnes drained a 3-pointer from the left point – giving Heidelberg a 31-29 lead. The Student Princes led 33-31 after three.
Tied at 37, Shiloh Murphy banked in a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down. She followed it was a layup down low, which put Heidelberg up 42-37 with 4:10 left.
Janaya Feaster brought the Jackets back with three 3-pointers in the span of 2:16 to give Baldwin Wallace a 48-43 cushion with 1:33 left.
Murphy connected on two more 3-pointers to breathe life into the Student Princes, but BW connected on enough free throws to take a 56-52 victory on the road.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Heidelberg's last win over BW came on January 20, 2004 – an 82-64 drubbing.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH
"I thought we played exceptional defense for 37 minutes ... then we watch Feaster hit three in a row on us," said HU head coach Morgan Shriver. "I thought Shiloh gave us great minutes in just her second game back from being out. She's going to be a special player for us."
The Student Princes begin a four-game road trip on Saturday, starting with Capital University (11-2, 4-2 OAC) on Saturday. Tipoff in Bexley is slated for a 3 p.m. start.