Late Quaker run hurts women's basketball

Theresa Jackson (Abbey McKee/Heidelberg Athletics)
Theresa Jackson (Abbey McKee/Heidelberg Athletics)

TIFFIN -- A fourth-quarter run plagued the Heidelberg University women's basketball team as they fell to Wilmington College, 77-64, on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers used a 10-0 run late in the fourth quarter to steal the win from the Student Princes.

Theresa Jackson paced HU with 17 points in the loss. Marisa Liburdi added 16 points off the bench, while Maggie Davault chipped in with 13 points.

With the score tied at eight, the Quakers went on an 8-0 run to pull ahead 16-8 in the first quarter. The run was briefly halted thanks to a pair of Jackson free throws, but Wilmington responded with a 3-pointer at the other end. The Quakers held a 20-11 lead after the first.

The Student Prince offense came to life towards the end of the second quarter. Down by 10 points, Kate Brickner drained a triple from the wing to cut the deficit to seven. Following a stop, a three-point play from Jackson cut the Wilmington lead to four with just over two minutes until the half.

The Quakers pushed their lead back to eight points, before jumpers from Liburdi and Davault brought the WC lead to 36-32 at halftime.

Trailing 49-43 with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter, HU closed out the quarter on a 9-0 run to vault ahead 52-49.

The run started with a jumper in the paint from sophomore Aianna Wilson. Free throws by Liburdi and Jackson brought the Student Princes to within one. Brickner sank her first free throw attempt, but missed the second. Carli Patrick followed the rebound and laid the ball off the glass as time expired to give Heidelberg a three-point lead heading into the final quarter.

A triple from Savannah Hooper in the corner with six minutes left gave the Quakers a five point advantage. The Quakers followed the three with a steal and a fast break layup, leading 62-55 with 5:11 left to play.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Hooper and Brittaney Jefferson gave the Quakers a 72-58 lead with just over two minutes left. The Quakers held a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.

Heidelberg fell to 6-11, 3-7 in OAC play. Wilmington improved to 12-5, 8-2 in conference action.

Close to 75% shooting from the line as a team, Heidelberg struggled against WC, shooting 61% on the afternoon.

Wilmington shot 50% from three (9 of 18). Five of their nine 3-pointers came in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Mackenzie Campbell led all scorers with 28 points, including 11-12 at the line. Hooper added 17 points off the bench for the Quakers, going 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.

Head coach Morgan Harrigan on the fourth quarter struggles: "In the fourth quarter, we had some miscues defensively -- we didn't recognize their good shooters and went under some screens we were supposed to go over and we didn't help each other out and lost some people."

Harrigan on moving forward: "Hopefully we can see we can play with the best teams in the conference ... We need to have confidence in ourselves and know that we're better than our 3-7 conference record shows."

The Student Princes will travel to Baldwin Wallace (14-3, 7-3) on Wednesday. Tip off in Berea is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.