WBB rallies, holds on for first victory

WBB rallies, holds on for first victory

BOSTON, Mass. -- "When the buzzer sounded, it felt as if we had just escaped from a haunted house," said Heidelberg University head women's basketball coach Morgan Harrigan. Fortunately for Harrigan and the Student Princes, Sunday's game against St. John Fisher didn't yield the same result as Saturday's frightful loss to Emmanuel.

The Student Princes trailed late, rallied, then held on for a 60-59 win over St. John Fisher. Heidelberg improved to 1-1 on the season.

Down by eight early in the fourth quarter, Heidelberg's rally was ignited by consecutive 3-pointers by Cassidy Frank and Maggie Davault. With 4:44 remaining, Carli Patrick was fouled as she scored a go-ahead layup. Unable to make the free throw, Patrick fought for the rebound. Frank buried her second triple of the quarter, giving HU a four-point lead.

After the Cardinals (0-2) wrestled the lead away from the Tricolor, Patrick -- who was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts -- went to work. On back-to-back possessions, Patrick grabbed an offensive board and scored, turning a one-point deficit into a 60-57 lead.

St. John Fisher made a layup then fouled, sending the Student Princes to the line with 14 seconds left. Following two misses, the Cardinals had a shot at a game winner. The Berg, though, was equal to the task. HU forced Emily Piacentini into a long 3-pointer, which clanged off the rim as time expired.

"I'm proud of how the seniors stepped up and got it done in the fourth," said Harrigan.

Marisa Liburdi led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds. Patrick was close behind with 15 points and nine boards -- seven of which came on the offensive end.

"We struggled to get in a flow all day but stuck together and were able to hit some big shots down the stretch," said Harrigan. "A win is a win, but this one certainly needs to be one we learn from."

Heidelberg committed 23 turnovers and hit 3-of-18 from beyond the arc. However, HU had 22 second chance points, compared to nine for the Cardinals.

After trekking back from the east coast, Heidelberg hosts Bluffton on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.