ALLIANCE – The Heidelberg University women's basketball team fell to hot-shooting Mount Union on Saturday 75-63. The Student Princes forced 25 turnovers, but shooting woes plagued the Berg as they lost on the road.
Heidelberg fell to 9-14 (7-9 OAC) while Mount Union improved to 16-6 (10-5)
Carli Patrick had a strong offensive afternoon for the Student Princes and scored a season-high 23 points. The junior was 10-for-13 from the field and also sank all three of her free throw attempts.
Mount Union shot a blistering 59.5% from the field while Heidelberg managed just 39.3% shooting.
HU also struggled on the boards in this game, as the Purple Raiders held the edge on the glass 36-24.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Early in the game it was close, as neither side led by more than three points until Heidelberg took a 13-9 lead with 2:17 remaining after a layup by Patrick. The Student Princes finished off a strong opening quarter with a buzzer-beating layup by Jackie Abrecht, giving HU an 18-12 lead.
The second quarter turned out to be a complete reversal from the first, as the Purple Raiders made a run early on and found themselves ahead 22-20 after a 10-2 run to open the period. Heidelberg was unable to regain the lead by halftime, as Mount Union extended their lead to 35-28 entering the break.
The Purple Raiders continued their run into the third quarter, as they build an advantage that ballooned as big as 15 (51-36) with 2:42 left in the period. The Student Princes were able to cut into that before the fourth quarter, as they cut it to a 10 point deficit (53-43) at the end of the period.
Heidelberg continued to battle early in the fourth quarter, but Mount Union was able to maintain their lead until under two minutes to play. After a layup by Nicole Payne, a defensive stop, and a pair of free throws by Theresa Jackson, HU trailed just 66-60 with 1:51 left in the game. That turned out to be all the closer they would get, as Mount Union was able to ice the game down the stretch with free throws as the Berg's shooting woes continued.
With the top eight teams qualifying for the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament, Heidelberg has clinched a spot in the postseason with two games left to play. The Student Princes still have a chance to host a first-round game, as the 5 and 6 seed host first-round games with the top four teams receiving byes. HU is currently tied with John Carroll and Otterbein (Saturday game not finished at the time of this recap) for 5th place with seven wins.
Heidelberg will return home for their final two games of the regular season, starting with No. 20 Capital University (18-4, 11-4 OAC) on Wednesday. That game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium on February 17th.