BEXLEY, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University women's basketball team fell on the road to No. 23 Capital University on Saturday. The Student Princes fell victim to a rough start to the second half and were unable to rally back, falling by a final score of 66-50.
With the defeat, Heidelberg dropped to 6-9, including an even 4-4 record in Ohio Athletic Conference play. Capital improved to 13-2, 6-2 in the conference.
Allie Hawkins was the leading scorer for Heidelberg in the loss. The senior chipped in 13, which included 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.
Heidelberg committed 23 turnovers in the game, compared to just 13 for the host Crusaders.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Turnovers plagued both sides in the early going. With 2:33 left in the first, Mariah Pearson hit two free throws to give Heidelberg a 13-12 lead. The Crusaders would close the period on a 7-0 run, leading 19-13.
Though the CAP lead bloomed to as many as nine in the second period, the Student Princes played even in the period and went into the locker room trailing 30-24.
Heidelberg closed to within three at 32-29 with 7:45 remaining in the third. From there, Capital exploded for a 16-1 run to take a 48-33 lead. Two free throws from Shiloh Murphy stopped the bleeding momentarily, but HU yielded a late CAP jumper off an offensive rebound, which gave the home team a 50-35 lead through three.
The Student Princes struggled to gain momentum in the fourth quarter, as they were only able to get to within nine points on a two separate occasions. The Crusaders extended their lead late as Heidelberg was forced to play overly aggressive, fishing for steals.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Heidelberg has one win over a ranked team in the past 12 years. It came in an overtime win against John Carroll last season.
The Student Princes finish the front half of the OAC schedule at No. 16 Ohio Northern University (12-2, 7-0 OAC) on Wednesday. The 7:30 p.m. game will be a homecoming for 'Berg assistant Cenzie Yoder, who was an All-American post for the Polar Bears.