BEREA, Ohio – It was a win 4,397 days in the making. Not a pretty win, mind you – but a win.
The Heidelberg University women's basketball team defeated Baldwin Wallace University for the first time since January 20, 2004 – a 47-43 victory on the road. The win snapped BW's 28-game win streak over Heidelberg.
The Student Princes improved to 9-11, 7-6 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Yellow Jackets dropped to 13-7, 9-4 in conference play.
Intense defense on both sides limited the offensive production. Heidelberg shot 33.3% from the floor and was 0-for-11 from beyond the arc. BW was 3-of-19 from 3-point range and 25.4% from the floor.
Carli Patrick tallied her sixth double-double of the season as she finished with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. It is her 21 career double-double.
Theresa Jackson was the Berg's leading scorer, with 12.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Locked in a low-scoring 15-15 stalemate at halftime, Baldwin Wallace opened the third quarter on a 9-1 run to take a 24-16 lead. Down eight, HU looked to its bigs for offense and cashed in on back-to back buckets by Marisa Liburdi and Patrick, who tacked on an and-one free throw. BW lead 29-25 after three.
Another three-point play by Patrick with 7:42 remaining knotted up the game a 33, capping a 6-0 Berg run. After a BW basket, Partick, Nicole Payne and Jessica Barnes each made layups, giving HU a 39-35 lead.
Later, with the Yellow Jackets up 42-41, Jackson gave the Tricolor the lead with a layup as the clock read 2:13. Each side remained scoreless for the next 2:05, with BW unable to convert Berg turnovers into points.
Forced to foul, Baldwin Wallace watched Payne convert four straight foul shots, putting the Princes up 47-42. One BW free throw provided the game's final margin, 47-43.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Heidelberg committed 18 turnovers, but the Yellow Jackets were only able to tally five points from them.
The Student Princes' last win in Berea came in the 1993-94 season.
A QUOTE FROM THE COACH
Head coach Morgan Shriver on the win: "We played outstanding defense tonight. Bottom line. This game was a battle between two teams that played 40 minutes of intense defense. Although it wasn't pretty offensively, I couldn't be more proud of the focus, buy in, and effort our team played with tonight. Team defense, team win."
Heidelberg is scheduled to visit Muskingum University (4-15, 0-12) on Saturday for a 3 p.m. tip. The Muskies' game scheduled for Wednesday against Mount Union was postponed until Monday for undisclosed reasons.