ADA – The Heidelberg University women's basketball team put up a solid fight on the road against 18th-ranked Ohio Northern on Wednesday, but it was not enough as they fell 61-51. The Student Princes trailed by just four at halftime, but the host Polar Bears were able to do just enough to keep the Berg at bay as the game wore on.
Heidelberg committed 18 turnovers in the game, which was twice as many as ONU. That differential turned into 20 points for Ohio Northern off of turnovers.
Theresa Jackson led the Student Princes with 12 points in the game on 5-for-9 shooting.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Ohio Northern was able to use the home court to their advantage early on as they jumped out to an eight-point lead with 5:20 to play in the opening quarter. They were able to maintain that as the quarter ran out as the Berg trailed by that margin entering the second quarter.
After ONU scored the first basket of the second quarter, HU scored the next four, capped off by a pair of free throws by Mariah Pearson to cut the deficit to seven. The Polar Bears were then able to stretch their lead out to 12 before the Student Princes had their own answer yet again.
A jumper by Jackson with 4:32 left to play until the break made it just a six point hole for the Berg as they inched closer. ONU had a little bit of a response, but Heidelberg made the last push to end the half, as another jumper by Jackson with under a minute to play made it a four-point game at halftime.
Things quickly got worse in the third quarter, however, as HU was outscored 14-7 and ONU was able to jump out to a lead that was as big as 13, holding an 11-point edge over the Berg headed to the fourth quarter.
Heidelberg opened the final quarter with a 3-pointer by Jackie Abrecht to cut the deficit down to eight, but that was all the closer the Berg would get, as ONU kept them at arms-distance and held on to win 61-51.
The Student Princes will be on the road again this weekend as they travel to Marietta College on Saturday. They will play a doubleheader with the men's game, as the women's game tips off at 1:00 p.m. with the men's game to follow.