WBB: Wilmington sneaks past Heidelberg

(File Photo / Doug Sampson)
(File Photo / Doug Sampson)
  • A late Wilmington run handed the Heidelberg University women's team a 68-65 loss
  • Sophomore Maddy Crawford recorded her seventh double-double of the season, pouring in 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
  • Alyssa Riley chipped in a team-high 18 points off the bench

WILMINGTON -- The Heidelberg University women's basketball team suffered a 68-65 loss at the hands of Wilmington College. The Quakers hit free throws in the final stretch of the game to hold onto the lead.

Heidelberg's bench outscored WC's, 41-18, with 18 of those coming from Alyssa Riley.

With 15 points and 12 boards, Maddy Crawford tallied her seventh double-double of the season. Sophomore Leah Bouillon had a career and game-high 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

The Berg held a commanding 18-6 lead after the first quarter. Back-to-back threes by Riley and Brittanie Ulmer ignited the HU offense. Over the last 2:35 of the period, the visitors went on a 8-2 run -- highlighted by more sharp-shooting from beyond the arc, this time from Crawford and Mattie Overmyer.

An Overmyer jumper to start the second put Heidelberg up by 14 points. Wilmington's Mackenzie Campbell went on a 5-0 run to briefly stifle the Student Princes. Campbell finished the day with a game-high 20 points.

The Quakers worked to climb their way back to a 30-26 deficit following a layup from Savannah Hooper. Despite the small run, the Berg took a 33-28 lead into intermission.

After a jumper from captain Aianna Wilson, Wilmington went on a 12-3 run to take a 45-43 lead with 2:50 left in the third quarter. The Quakers sank two triples during the run off the hands of Faith Teaford and Kelly Noll.

A pair of Wilmington free throws helped the Quakers take a 50-48 lead heading into the final quarter.

Bouillon found Riley for a trey to start the fourth quarter, retaking the lead. The shot sparked a 10-2 run for the Student Princes which, coincidentally enough, was capped off by another Riley 3-pointer.

Wilmington came storming back and took a 59-58 lead with 4:02 remaining thanks to a Campbell jump shot. During the small WC run, Noll drained another three -- her fourth of the contest.

With 2:46 left, Hooper buried a 3-pointer for the Quakers, extending their lead to 64-58. Wilson and the Student Princes came charging back as the junior hit a triple. Forcing a Wilmington turnover, the Berg took advantage as Crawford sank a pair of free throws, cutting the deficit to one point.

With eight seconds on the clock, Ulmer was fouled on a three. The sophomore made the first two, before the third shot rattled out. The rebound was hauled in by the Quakers and the home team sealed the victory with a pair of free throws at the other end.

Heidelberg falls to 4-13, 2-8 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Quakers improve to 9-8, 4-6 in conference play.

The Student Princes return to action on Wednesday. They host Baldwin Wallace at 7:30 p.m. Heidelberg beat the Yellow Jackets in Berea earlier this season, 58-56.