Women's basketball falls to BW

Women's basketball falls to BW

TIFFIN -- Second-half struggles hurt the Heidelberg University women's basketball team in a 69-54 loss to Baldwin Wallace University on Tuesday night. A one-point lead at halftime evaporated as HU made only five field goals in the second half.

Heidelberg falls to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Baldwin Wallace remains unbeaten -- 6-0 overall, 3-0 in the OAC.

Mariah Pearson scored a career high 14 points off the bench in the losing effort. Senior Marisa Liburdi added 12 points while Carli Patrick tallied 14 rebounds.

Back to back threes by BW's Hannah Fecht gave the Yellow Jackets a 12-6 lead. Layups by Aianna Wilson, Patrick, and Liburdi tied the game up at 12. Fecht responded at the other end with her third 3-pointer of the quarter to stop the HU run.

A three-point play by Maggie Davault turned a 15-14 deficit into a 17-15 lead for the Student Princes -- one they held at the end of the first quarter

After taking a 21-17 lead early in the second quarter, Baldwin Wallace went on a 9-0 run which was halted by a pair of Pearson free throws.

The Heidelberg defense forced the Yellow Jackets to commit turnovers on consecutive possessions. A pull-up jumper from Pearson and a Theresa Jackson layup put the home team ahead 29-28 with 3:25 before the half.

With the score tied at 33, Kate Brickner grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled on the put-back attempt. Brickner sank both free throws with under a minute to play until halftime. HU held a slim 37-36 lead at the break.

A 3-pointer by Mackenzie Colombo pushed the Yellow Jackets ahead 43-40 with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter. The bucket gave Baldwin Wallace the lead for good.

A six-point swing by BW pushed their lead to double digits for the first time in the game with 1:39 left in the quarter.

The Student Princes cut the BW lead to six. Aided by two and-ones, the Yellow Jackets took a 64-50 lead with 4:32 remaining.

Colombo paced Baldwin Wallace with 25 points -- 16 of which came in the second half.

Heidelberg went 0-9 from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets scored 18 points in the third quarter -- more than HU scored in the entire second half.

The Student Princes shot 33% from the floor -- including 19% in the second half.

"I think maintaining the pace we had in the first half is really tough for us," said head coach Morgan Harrigan. "I think the pace of the game and our shooting percentage hurt us in the second half."

Heidelberg will travel to Hope College on Friday for the Hope Post Exam Jam. Tip off against No. 7 Hope is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.