TIFFIN -- The Heidelberg University women's basketball team closed out 2016 with a 64-54 win over Wittenberg University. Seniors Carli Patrick and Marisa Liburdi each recorded a double-double as the team wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule.
Liburdi led the Student Princes with 12 points and 11 boards. Patrick added 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It marked the first time two HU players recorded double-doubles in the same game since Jenny Miller and Stacey Richard accomplished the feat against Denison on Jan 2, 2010.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing 10-9 in the first quarter, HU used a 7-0 run to pull ahead 16-10. A pair of Theresa Jackson free throws gave Heidelberg an 11-10 lead. A Cassidy Frank triple from the corner and two free throws by Kate Bricker capped off the run for the home team.
The Tigers responded, putting together a small 4-0 run near the end of the first quarter. A transition layup by freshman Maddi Stiles as time expired gave the Student Princes an 18-14 lead after the first quarter.
Frank, doing what she does best, opened the second quarter with another 3-pointer. Heidelberg pushed their lead to 11 points with a Mariah Pearson layup and an Aianna Wilson 3-pointer from the corner.
With 2:44 before the half, Wittenberg cut the HU lead to 27-22 following an Alexis Perry layup. The Student Princes took a 29-22 lead at the half.
Heidelberg opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run, which was highlighted by a triple in the corner from freshman Brittanie Ulmer. The run forced Wittenberg to call timeout with the Student Princes leading 38-24 .
HU led by as many as 13 in the third quarter. With 1:51 remaining in the quarter, Alex Kiess completed a three-point play, cutting the Tricolor lead to single digits at 46-37. Following a Heidelberg timeout, Wittenberg closed the gap to four. Ulmer responded with a triple, giving HU a 49-42 edge heading into the final quarter.
The Student Princes went on a 8-0 run in the fourth quarter to build their lead back to 13 with five minutes left. The run started Wilson's second 3-pointer of the night from the wing. Heidelberg would hold a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
NOTES & QUOTES
With the win, Heidelberg improves to 4-7. The Tigers fall to 4-8. Kiess led all scorers with 21 points.
The Heidelberg defense held the Tigers scoreless for over five minutes in the fourth quarter. The span lasted from 8:32 to 3:17.
The two teams combined for 43 turnovers.
Heidelberg outscored the Tigers in the paint 24-12. The Student Princes held the edge in rebounds 42-28.
"We came into this game knowing we had to win the rebounding battle," said Patrick. "We did a good job getting the ball inside and kicking it out."
"It was a huge confidence booster for us," said Liburdi. "It's great going into this break on a high note."
"Our balanced scoring really helped us tonight," said head coach Morgan Harrigan. "It was great to see the girls gel and come together. You can tell they had fun out there tonight."
Heidelberg will return to OAC action in 2017 when they host John Carroll (3-7, 1-3). Tipoff on Jan. 4 is slated for 7:30 p.m.