Comeback falls short for WBB

Carli Patrick (Heidelberg Athletics)
Carli Patrick (Heidelberg Athletics)

MARIETTA, Ohio -- A fourth-quarter comeback came up short for the Heidelberg University women's basketball team as they fell to Marietta College, 76-71, on Saturday afternoon. The Student Princes rallied from a 14-point deficit, but came up short in the final minute.

Carli Patrick recorded her 26th career double-double, leading all scorers with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Mariah Pearson added 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Marisa Liburdi scored 11 points in the losing effort.

Heidelberg falls to 8-13, 5-9 OAC while the Pioneers improve to 12-9, 6-8 in conference action.

Both teams got off to slow starts as the Pioneers led 11-7 after the first quarter. Marietta opened the second quarter on a 9-1 run to take a 20-8 advantage. HU chipped away at the lead, as jumpers from Patrick and Pearson cut the MC lead to 28-23 with two minutes before the half.

The home team responded with a 3-pointer from Shay Lett to build their lead back to ten points. The Student Princes trailed 33-25 at the break.

Maggie Davault knocked down a three early in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 35-31. Marietta responded with a 7-2 run to push their lead back to double digits.

Heidelberg scored six straight points in the final minute of the third quarter to bring the score to 54-51 heading into the final period.

A Liburdi layup and a pair of Pearson free throws gave the Berg their first lead of the game with 9:03 remaining.

Marietta's Alexis Enochs drained a 3-pointer to cut HU's lead to one point. Freshman Maddi Stiles answered at the other end with a three of her own for a 63-59 lead with just over six minutes to play.

The Student Princes were unable to capitalize following a Marietta turnover with 13 seconds to play. With HU trailing 73-71, the Marietta defense forced a Heidelberg turnover. The Pioneers made three of their last four free throws down the stretch to seal the MC win.

NOTES: Heidelberg struggled from beyond the arc -- shooting 23% from deep (3 of 13) ... The Pioneers scored 17 points off 15 Heidelberg turnovers ... The HU bench outscored the Marietta bench, 38-18.

UP NEXT: Heidelberg hosts No. 6 Ohio Northern (21-0, 14-0) on Wednesday. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.