NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University women's basketball team lost to Muskingum University, 68-60, on Saturday afternoon. The Student Princes led 32-23 at halftime, but struggled in the second half and were outscored by 17 points. .
With the loss, Heidelberg falls to 9-12 on the season, 7-7 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Muskingum improved to 5-15 overall, and 1-12 in the conference.
The 3-point shooting disparity between the squads proved to be the difference in the contest. Muskingum was 10-of-25 (40%) while Heidelberg was 3-of-14 (21.4%).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Heidelberg opened the game on a 10-4 run, capped off by a layup by Jackie Abrecht with 5:07 remaining. Muskingum was able to cut into the lead, but the Berg held onto an 18-16 lead at the end of the period, as Patrick put HU ahead with a layup with seven seconds left in the quarter.
After the Muskies took a 20-18 lead early in the second quarter, it was all Heidelberg the rest of the quarter, as they outscored Muskingum 14-3, including a 9-0 run to end the half.
Things took a turn for the worse in the third quarter, as Muskingum stormed all the way back and took a 41-40 lead with under a minute to play in the quarter. HU was able to regain the lead before entering the fourth quarter, however, as a layup by Liburdi made it a 42-41 Heidelberg lead.
The Student Princes started off the fourth quarter well, as a 3-pointer by Nicole Payne and a layup by Patrick made it a 47-41 advantage, but the momentum quickly swung. HU did not have an answer for a huge run by the Muskies, as they battled back and even built a lead that was as big as 12 over the Berg in the final quarter. Heidelberg was able to chip away at the deficit and make it a five point game, but it was not enough as the Muskies held on for the 68-60 victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Heidelberg hasn't won in New Concord since a 64-56 win on Feb. 20, 2010.
Muskingum made seven second-half 3-pointers, including two by Mallory Taylor and Hallie Stocker. Taylor finished with 18 points.
The Muskies were led by Alexandra Carson, who had 19 points in 38 minutes.
Heidelberg returns home on Wednesday, February 10th when they face No. 14 Ohio Northern (18-3, 13-1 OAC). That game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium.