WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- The Heidelberg women's basketball team was up-ended on the road at Otterbein University by a final score of 82-61.
The Berg (3-3, 1-2 OAC) stayed in touch early, trailing only 44-37 at the half. However, a sluggish second half saw the Cardinals (1-5, 1-2) outscore Heidelberg 38-24 across the final two quarters to establish control of the contest.
Alyssa Riley led the Student Princes with 14 points, including a blistering start with 12 first quarter points. Maddy Crawford added 13 points, while Brittanie Ulmer chipped in with 11 points off the bench.
Across the first two quarters, the Berg shot an impressive 52% from the floor, but the Cardinals held the slight edge with 58% shooting.
Riley came out of the games firing on all cylinders shooting five of seven from the field, including a perfect two for two beyond the arc. Otterbein found a way to slow the sharp-shooter limiting her to just two more shot attempts across the final three quarters.
Ulmer picked up the slack in the second frame connecting on eight of her 11 points on two of three from three-point range and two of two from the free throw line.
Heidelberg's cold shooting in the second half created the difference in the contest. Otterbein added on to their seven point halftime lead with a strong third and fourth quarter led by strong rebounding and swift ball movement as they tallied ten second half assists.
The Cardinals out rebounded Heidelberg 31-23 and collected 21 team assists compared to the Student Princes' 10.
Ali Cartnal led Otterbein with 20 points, while Abbie Scholz collected a game-high 10 boards.
Brooke Beamer tallied a team-high three assists and four steals defensively for the Berg. Crawford tallied a team-high seven rebounds.
The Student Princes will be back home on Thursday, December 13 for a non-conference contest vs. Denison University.