TIFFIN – A big second quarter vaulted the Heidelberg University women's basketball team to a 74-66 win over Wilmington College inside Seiberling Gymnasium on Saturday. The win helped the Student Princes avenge a 66-58 setback to the Quakers in December.
Heidelberg improved to 8-11 overall and an even 6-6 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Wilmington fell to 7-12, 4-8.
Sophomore guard Maggie Davault poured in a career-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including four 3-pointers.
Carli Patrick was one point away from a double-double, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Heidelberg's bench -- which included Davault's 16 and Theresa Jackson's 10 points -- outscored their Wilmington counterparts, 46-13.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams got out of the gate quickly, with the Quakers holding a 21-17 lead after the first quarter. The teams combined for seven 3-pointers in the frame, with WC's Brittaney Jefferson hitting three and HU's Maggie Davault draining two.
The Student Princes grabbed their first lead at 25-23 midway through the second when Allie Hawkins hit a 3-pointer off a feed from Davault. Wilmington quickly tied the contest at the other end.
Knotted at 27 with 3:07 left in the period, Heidelberg closed the half on an 8-0 run that was aided by a technical foul by the Quakers. Nicole Payne hit four free throws as part of the run, which gave HU a 35-27 lead at intermission.
Heidelberg kept the intensity up in the third, opening up a sizeable lead with a 19-7 run. The outburst was sparked by a pair of and-one three-point plays by Mariah Pearson and Shelby Dearth. The Tricolor led by as many as 20 in the third and led 56-40 after 30 minutes.
The Quakers, who knocked off No. 13 Capital University on Wednesday, closed to within nine at 58-49 with 7:00 left in the fourth thanks to a 13-2 run. In the closing minutes, WC got within seven on two occasions, but the Student Princes maintained a comfortable cushion until the final buzzer sounded.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Davault's career high in scoring came as Heidelberg women's basketball celebrated Alumni Day -- with Maggie's sister Lyndsey, a former Berg player, in attendance.
The Student Princes were 7-of-14 (50%) from beyond the arc while the Quakers hit on 7-of-29 (24.1%) from long range.
Wilmington's Brittaney Jefferson had 22 points to lead all scorers.
QUOTES FROM THE COACH
Head coach Morgan Shriver on the run in the second half to pull away: " We really emphasized in practice this week getting out and getting back to our transition offense and running, because at times we have five guards on the court. We wanted to try to counter their gameplan by not letting them get in their halfcourt defense and we did a really good job of that."
Shriver on the rebounding late in the game: "We definitely relaxed midway through the third quarter. I think part of it was that we're not used to playing with a twenty point lead. It was nice to be able to rally behind the boards we got in the fourth quarter though, because that made it so the lead didn't slip away."
As teams across the OAC jockey for tournament seeding, Heidelberg heads back on the road for two games this week. They visit Baldwin Wallace (13-6, 9-3) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Muskingum (4-15, 0-12) at 3 p.m. on Saturday.