BOSTON, Mass. -- A fourth quarter comeback fell short for the Heidelberg University women's basketball team as they dropped their season opener 59-55 to Emmanuel College.
The Student Princes are now 0-1 while the Saints move to 1-0.
Senior Carli Patrick led Heidelberg with 16 points and five rebounds.
Classmate Theresa Jackson added 13 points -- all coming in the second half.
Despite going 1-13 from beyond the arc, the lone three came at a crucial time for the Student Princes. Maggie Davault's 3-pointer tied the game at 45 with under five minutes to play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams got off to slow starts, as three minutes passed before either team scored. The HU defense did not allow the Saints to score for the final 6:14 of the first quarter as they held a 9-4 advantage after the first quarter.
A layup from Patrick pushed the Student Prince lead to as many as five in the second quarter. Emmanuel went on a 7-0 run, giving them a 13-11 lead. Both teams traded buckets before a pair of free throws gave the Saints a 19-17 lead at intermission.
Emmanuel extended their lead to as many as nine in the third quarter.
The Student Princes chipped away at the Emmanuel lead, before Davault's three knotted the score at 45. Jackson followed with a jump shot at the elbow giving Heidelberg their first lead of the second half.
With 2:40 to play, Heidelberg pushed their lead to 50-47 thanks to a 3-point play from Mariah Pearson. The Tricolor pulled ahead 55-53 with 48 seconds remaining, courtesy of a layup from Patrick.
The Saints went 6-6 from the charity stripe in the final 15 seconds, turning a two-point deficit into a four-point victory.
Heidelberg finished with a 76% free throw percentage compared to Emmanuel's 87.5%
Pearson grabbed six rebounds -- one shy of her career high.
Head coach Morgan Harrigan on the game: "I'm proud of the way we battled back and fought through a rough shooting night ... We stuck together and played with heart."
Harrigan on moving forward: "We will learn from this and grow, but I can't be upset. The girls competed and had fun doing so."
Harrigan is 3-1 in season openers at Heidelberg.
Heidelberg has a quick turnaround as they play St. John Fisher tomorrow in the consolation game of the EC Tip-Off Classic. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.