Sharp-shooting Berg beats Otterbein

Sharp-shooting Berg beats Otterbein

TIFFIN -- With the frustrations of Wednesday's sluggish loss at Trine University still lingering, a first quarter 3-point barrage lifted the Heidelberg University women's basketball team to a critical early-season victory. HU knocked down five 3-pointers in the first ten minutes, 11 in all, as the Student Princes opened Ohio Athletic Conference play with a 75-60 win over Otterbein University.

The Berg moves to 2-3, 1-0 in conference play. Otterbein falls to 2-3, 0-2 in the OAC.


Freshman Maddi Stiles led the Student Princes with 14 points and six assists, including a perfect 3-of-3 from three.

Cassidy Frank chipped in with 12 points off the bench -- all coming from beyond the arc.

Maggie Davault and Marisa Liburdi added 11 points each.


Heidelberg found their groove in the first quarter. Freshman Brittanie Ulmer -- making her first collegiate start -- and Stiles hit 3-pointers, gving HU an early 8-7 lead.

A three by Frank and layups from Liburdi and Jessica Barnes pushed the HU lead to seven points. The Cards responded with a layup, but Davault responded at the other end with a three. HU held a 21-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Otterbein chipped away at the Student Prince lead, bringing the score to 23-21 with 6:57 before half. Another Frank three and a three-point play by Liburdi gave Heidelberg an eight-point advantage. Otterbein made another small comeback with a 3-pointer by Ali Cartnal to make the score 32-29 at halftime, in favor of HU.

The Student Princes built their lead to 11 points early in the fourth quarter. Stiles swished a three from the top of the arc to give the Berg a 40-29 lead. The Cards would cut the lead to five before a pair of free throws from Stiles halted the Otterbein run. Another Stiles free throw gave the Berg a commanding 12-point lead heading into the final quarter.

Holding at least a nine-point lead for the entire final quarter, Frank hit a three from the wing with 2:23 to play, giving HU a 15-point edge. The Student Princes would hold on to the lead, giving them their first OAC victory of the season.


Prior to today's game, Heidelberg had made 16 pointers total in their four games this season. In this game, HU went 11-16 (69%) from three.

Heidelberg shot 50% from the field compared to Otterbein's 35%.

Head coach Morgan Harrigan on the win: "We were trying to split up our offensive and defensive weapons and it worked out for us ... It was a great team win and the girls had a lot of fun out there."

Harrigan on the play of the guards: "We took in-rhythm threes in our offense ... We were playing in our gym which helps because we make those shots in practice all the time."

Harrigan on opening OAC play with a win: "They bought into our game plan and our scouting report ... They have to continue to do that every game ...Having a tough non-conference has really prepared our girls for conference play."


The Berg will have a week off until their next game, a Dec. 10th matchup with Wilmington. Tipoff at Wilmington is scheduled for 3 p.m.