WBB picks up crucial conference win

Maggie Davault (Abbey McKee/Heidelberg Athletics)
Maggie Davault (Abbey McKee/Heidelberg Athletics)

TIFFIN -- A 22-point night by senior Marisa Liburdi gave the Heidelberg University women's basketball team a much-needed 76-63 win over Capital University on Wednesday evening. Liburdi added five rebounds to her 22 points.

The Student Princes move to 8-12 overall, 5-8 OAC. Capital slips to 9-11, 5-8 in conference play.

Carli Patrick added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Berg. Maggie Davault and Theresa Jackson each contributed 11 points -- including a 3-4 performance from beyond the arc by Davault.

Jackson led the Berg with seven rebounds and four assists.

The Crusaders jumped out to a 14-9 lead in the first quarter. Emily Ondo hit a 3-pointer from the wing for the early lead. A three-point play from Chelsea Pla at the buzzer gave Capital a 22-20 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Capital's lead would be short-lived, as the Tricolor offense came to life in the second quarter. With 7:29 before halftime, a Davault triple knotted the game at 28.

Heidelberg closed out the final five minutes of the first half on an 11-2 run. The run was sparked by sharp-shooting Cassidy Frank's three from the wing.

With Patrick scoring the final five points of the quarter for HU, the home team took a 42-34 lead heading into the break.

Freshman Maddi Stiles pushed the Berg lead to 51-37 with 7:31 to play in the third quarter. Aianna Wilson forced a Capital turnover and found Stiles in the corner in transition for the bucket.

Liburdi scored eight points in the third quarter, helping HU to a 67-48 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Berg built their lead to as many as 23 points early in the fourth quarter. Capital slowly chipped away at the HU lead, cutting the deficit to 14 points with four minutes remaining.

Despite the Crusader run, the Student Princes held on to a double-digit lead for the entire fourth quarter for the victory -- just their second over Capital in their last 19 meetings.

NOTES & QUOTES

Heidelberg moved the ball around to generate their offense. The team had a season-high 18 assists in the game.

HU shot 54% from the floor -- another season-high. The Crusaders shot 43%.

Capital shot 48% from the line (10-21) compared to the Berg's 71% (10-14).

"Our guards did a great job of feeding it into the post," said Davault. "Our posts also did a good job of kicking it back out to the guards if nothing was open and moving the ball around really helped us."

"We executed our game plan tonight," said Liburdi. "We emphasized playing good defense and we were able to do that."

"The girls bought into everything we said defensively," said head coach Morgan Harrigan. "They worked hard all week and it was great to see their hard work come together tonight."

UP NEXT

Heidelberg travels to Marietta College (11-9, 5-8) on Saturday. Game time along the Ohio River is slated for 3 p.m.