Sloppy fourth quarter costs WBB

Sloppy fourth quarter costs WBB

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A sloppy fourth quarter proved to be the difference in a tough loss for the Heidelberg University women's basketball team. John Carroll held HU scoreless for the final 7:10 of the game, handing Heidelberg a 64-50 loss on Wednesday evening.

Sophomore Brittanie Ulmer paced the Student Princes with 19 points and seven rebounds. Classmate Maddy Crawford added seven points and 10 boards in the loss.

After a sluggish start to 2018 for the Berg, Ulmer knocked down two triples midway through the first quarter -- both assisted by Aianna Wilson. Crawford's three-point play near the end of the first quarter woke up the Heidelberg offense, as they led 18-17 at the end of one period.

With 4:23 before the half, a Wilson layup pushed the visitors ahead 29-24. Over the next three and a half minutes, Heidelberg would commit turnovers on four consecutive possessions to allow John Carroll to tie the contest at 29.

The Berg would go on a quick 5-0 run to close out the first half, taking a 34-29 lead into the locker room.

The Blue Streaks used an 11-1 run that spanned just over three minutes late in the third quarter. Sarah Sprecher drained a three from the wing to give JCU a 41-40 lead -- its first since the first quarter.

Ulmer briefly halted the John Carroll run with a nifty jumper as the shot clock expired, cutting the deficit to 45-43. JCU responded over the next 1:30 with a small 5-1 run, extending the lead to six points. A runner by Ulmer at the horn trimmed the Blue Streak lead to 50-46 heading into the fourth.

The Berg held John Carroll scoreless for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. Layups from Wilson and Brooke Beamer allowed HU to claw back to tie the game at 50.

Beamer's bucket was the final points the Student Princes would score with 7:10 remaining. John Carroll's defense forced the Berg to commit costly turnovers throughout the fourth, as the HU shooting also went cold.

Both teams had squads full of youth -- with the two teams combining for 26 freshmen or sophomores on their roster. JCU forced Heidelberg to commit 19 total turnovers.

John Carroll earned its first conference win, improving to 3-9, 1-4. The Berg slips to 3-9, 2-3 in OAC action.

Heidelberg continues OAC play this Saturday at Muskingum. Tip off in New Concord is slated for 2 p.m.