WBK knocked out of OAC Tournament

WBK knocked out of OAC Tournament

BEREA, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University women's basketball team ran out of gas in the second half of a 64-60 loss at Baldwin Wallace in the second round of the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament. The loss ended the season for the Student Princes -- and the career of five seniors, Shelby Dearth, Marisa Liburdi, Allie Hawkins, Jackie Abrecht and Nicole Payne.

Heidelberg fell to 10-17 on the season. Baldwin Wallace improved to 16-10 and advanced to the OAC semifinals.

KEY STATS

Theresa Jackson had a game-high 16 points for the Student Princes.

One day after fouling out with four points, Marisa Liburdi finished with 15 points -- 11 of which came in the first half.

Shelby Dearth hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points.

Heidelberg was 3-of-8 from the line in the second half.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Two early 3-pointers helped Baldwin Wallace jump out to an 8-2 lead, but Marisa Liburdi scored six straight points -- knotting the game at 10 with 5:00 left in the first. Liburdi had nine points in the quarter as BW led 18-17 after one.

A layup by Liburdi on a feed from Jessica Barnes ignited an 11-0 run for the Student Princes early in the second quarter. Heidelberg outscored BW 31-15 after the 8:02 mark of the first quarter and led 33-23 at halftime. BW shot 2-of-16 from the floor in the quarter.

BW's Clara Lemmon converted a three-point play early in the third to cut the HU lead down to 35-31. In the closing seconds of the quarter, BW's Sydney Clark rattled in a shot from ¾-court, cutting HU's lead to one at 47-46.

Neither team scored through the first three minutes of the fourth quarter until Allie Hawkins buried an in-your-face 3-pointer from the corner with 6:04 left.

With 3:21 remaining, Clark knocked down another 3-pointer -- this one from a more reasonable distance -- tying the game at 53. After a Heidelberg timeout, BW's Hannah Fecht hit a 3-pointer from the point, which gave BW their first lead since the first quarter.

Offensive rebounds in the final two minutes helped the Yellow Jackets drain time off the clock. Despite a 3-pointer by Theresa Jackson late, BW staved off the Student Princes at the foul line, hitting six of their last eight. BW held on for the 64-60 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

The Student Princes have not reached the OAC Tournament Semifinals since the 1992-93 season.

Heidelberg held BW to five points in the second quarter -- tied for the fewest given up in a period this year.

Guard Jessica Barnes had a career-high five assists.

QUOTES FROM THE COACH

Head coach Morgan Shriver on the second half: "We settled for too many bad looks offensively, which led to transition baskets the other way ... It felt like luck was on their side in that half."

Shriver on the season as a whole: "We had a hard time finding consistency all season ... Injuries limited our ability to stick with the same lineups. We had a lot of players step up on different nights, but it was hard to know who that player would be until the ball was tipped."

Shriver on the careers of the seniors: "Those girls definitely left their mark on this program, and I can't thank them enough ... They are shining examples for our younger players -- they worked hard on the court, and they are incredible young women off the court."

OAC TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Baldwin Wallace advances to face No. 1 seed Ohio Northern University in Ada on Thursday.