Rally falls short for women's basketball

Rally falls short for women's basketball

TIFFIN -- Tired legs seemed to do in the Heidelberg University women's basketball team on Tuesday. Just 36 hours removed from a 12-hour bus ride home from two games in Boston, the Student Princes fell behind early and were unable to take the lead in a 70-64 loss to Bluffton University.

The loss sets Heidelberg back to 1-2 on the young season, while Bluffton improves to 3-0.

The Student Princes were led by senior Marisa Liburdi's 19 points and six rebounds. Maggie Davault added 12 points -- including two key 3-pointers.

A tight first half, in which neither team was able to sustain momentum, resulted in a 28-25 cushion for the Beavers.

Early in the third quarter, Davault scooped in a game-tying layup on a fast-break feed from Jessica Barnes. The bucket prompted a Bluffton timeout. After the respite, BU went on an 8-2 run, keyed by two 3-pointers from Kaycee Rowe.

The Bluffton lead ballooned up to as many as 11 in the fourth quarter

A 3-point play from Carli Patrick cut the deficit to 60-59 -- capping a 14-4 HU run. Bluffton responded and scored five straight points to distance themselves from the Berg.

In the final minute of the game, the Beavers went 6 for 8 from the charity stripe, sealing the victory.

Rowe (19 points) was one of three Bluffton players in double figures -- joining Rachel Beining (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Macey Sheerer (17 points, 12 rebounds).  

NOTES & QUOTES

Head coach Morgan Harrigan on the game: "I don't think we executed our game plan defensively very well ... They outrebounded us by 12 and that was a key stat."

Harrigan on the play of Liburdi: "Ris played aggressive and confident inside for us tonight."

The Student Princes shot 46% from beyond the arc.

The Beavers shot 83% from the line compared to Heidelberg's 71%.

Theresa Jackson (10 points) was the only other Student Prince in double figures.  

UP NEXT

Heidelberg returns to action after the Thanksgiving break when they travel to Trine University. Game time on Nov. 30 is slated for 7 p.m.