Bench helps women's basketball to OAC win

Bench helps women's basketball to OAC win

TIFFIN -- Despite trailing after the first quarter, the Heidelberg University women's basketball team used four second quarter 3-pointers en route to a 69-63 win over Muskingum. HU staved off a late comeback by the Muskies to improve to 6-7, 3-3 in conference play. Muskingum falls to 8-5, 4-2 OAC.

Following a 26-point performance on Wednesday, senior Maggie Davault led the offense for HU with 13 points. Theresa Jackson added 12 points for the Student Princes. Kate Brickner proved to be a spark off the bench, adding 11 points on 3-5 from three.

The Student Princes got off to a slow start defensively, trailing by as many as 11 in the first quarter.

Down 18-12 at the start of the second quarter, the Berg used the 3-ball to battle back. Following a Muskingum layup, Jackson netted a baseline jumper. A steal by Carli Patrick would turn into a triple from sharp-shooter Cassidy Frank, pulling HU to within three points.

Olivia Besancon answered for the visitors with a layup, but a Maggie Davault layup cut the deficit to 22-19. Kate Brickner drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc on HU's next possession to knot the score at 22.

Muskingum added three points, but Brickner responded with another triple to tie the game at 25. Freshman Maddi Stiles found Frank in transition for a three, giving HU a 28-25 lead -- one they would add to for the remainder of the half. The home team led at halftime 34-27.

Another Brickner 3-pointer with six minutes to play in the third quarter pushed the HU lead to double digits at 43-32.

With the Muskies making a small comeback, a three-point play from Jackson put the Student Princes back up by 11. Jackson and Patrick added layups, giving the home team a 15-point advantage with just over a minute to play in the third quarter.

A Mariah Pearson jumper with 5:18 remaining gave the Student Princes their largest lead of the game at 66-47. Muskingum would claw their way back into the Heidelberg lead, closing out the final 4:30 on a 13-3 run -- with all three HU points coming at the foul line.

Clinging to a 4-point lead, Stiles sank both free throws to seal the win for the Berg.

NOTES & QUOTES

Jackson is averaging a double-double for the week. In Wednesday's win over John Carroll, Jackson provided 18 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. She added seven boards to her 12 points in Saturday's game.

Pearson's nine rebounds off the bench ties her career high.

The Heidelberg bench provided 37 points.

Muskingum was just 3-20 from beyond the arc.

The Berg continued their winning ways at home over the Muskies. HU has not lost on their home court to Muskingum since Jan. 28, 2012.

"We couldn't get down on ourselves after they took that lead," said Brickner. "We had to stick to our game plan and we were able to work together to come back."

"I'm not the biggest girl on our team, so sometimes they forget to box me out," said Pearson. "I try to do whatever I can to get rebounds for our team."

"It doesn't matter whose number is called that night," said head coach Morgan Harrigan. "We have so many girls who can step up and contribute to this team."

"There's something really clicking with this group right now," said Harrigan. "They have confidence in each other and they know whoever goes in is going to get the job done."

UP NEXT

The Student Princes will look to carry momentum into Wednesday's game as they travel to Capital University (5-8, 1-5). Tip off in Bexley is slated for 7:30 p.m.