BEREA -- "Our coaching staff told the team that today's game would come down to one possession," said Heidelberg University women's basketball head coach Morgan Harrigan.
"In preparation for this game we implored our players to give max effort on the defensive end of the floor," said Harrigan.
The result? A satisfying 58-56 win over the host Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets that helped exorcise Heidelberg's recent demons at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea.
Brittanie Ulmer buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 1:13 remaining as the Student Princes rallied from a six-point fourth quarter deficit. The win pushed Heidelberg back to .500 at 3-3, and to 1-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference action. BW dropped to 3-2, 0-1.
"I'm so proud of the confidence and togetherness we played with tonight," said Harrigan, whose team had lost their last two games at BW by a combined five points. "It was a true team win … each player, whether they were on the court or supporting from the bench, played their roles tonight."
Alyssa Riley, with a team-high 14 points, was the only Student Prince in double figures. Brooke Beamer and Megan Siesel each had nine points. Madelyn Crawford had a game-high nine rebounds while adding three assists -- including the key kick-out on Ulmer's critical triple.
HU trailed by as many as nine in the first quarter and trailed 15-8 after the frame. An Ulmer 3 and a three-point play by Siesel helped the Tricolor close the gap early in the second.
Down one at halftime, The Berg surged in the third quarter -- taking a four point lead with just over three to play in the period.
Up 44-42 with 1:08 left in the third, HU would not score again until a Crawford layup with 8:09 to play in the fourth broke up an 8-0 Yellow Jacket run. Layups by Siesel and Aianna Wilson helped the visitors claw back into the game. Brooke Beamer put the Berg back on top with a 3-pointer with 3:13 left.
Down 55-54, BW retook the lead with a Riley Schill layup with 2:32 to play. Teams traded misses until great ball movement helped Ulmer spring free for what would be the game-winner.
Heidelberg has won two straight for the first time on the season.
Harrigan's band of spry underclassmen will look to carry their momentum into Saturday's OAC matchup at Otterbein (3-3, 0-1). Tipoff in Westerville is scheduled for 3 p.m.