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.
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.