SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Brooke Beamer celebrated her big day in style, scoring a game-high 20 points on her 20th birthday as the Heidelberg University women's basketball team romped Kalamazoo College, 82-47. In their first action since Christmas, 18 Student Princes saw action and 12 tallied points in the victory.
The Berg improved to 6-5 on the season while Kalamazoo dropped to 0-10. The Student Princes will face host Wittenberg in the championship game of the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
Beamer's 20 points came on 9-of-19 shooting. She added career-high nine rebounds. Maddy Crawford tallied her seventh double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 13 boards to go along with a game-high four assists. Alyssa Riley (10 points) and Kamya Sandidge (11 points) each finished in double figures.
"I'm glad we came out focused and played our game," said Head Coach Morgan Harrigan. "It was a great team win and a mice way to come back together after Christmas break."
Ahead 21-15 after the first quarter, Heidelberg outscored the Hornets in the second quarter, 22-7. The third quarter yielded a similar result, as The Berg outscored K-zoo 19-8. Up 62-30 after three, head coach Morgan Harrigan was able to rest her starters in the fourth.
Heidelberg decimated the Hornets on the glass, 65-37 -- including a 26-8 edge in offensive rebounds. HU held a 26-3 edge in second chance points.
Playing back in her hometown, Springfield native Aianna Wilson finished with nine points in 15 minutes of action.
Sandidge amassed her 11 points and three rebounds in just nine minutes of action, helping the Heidelberg bench outscore Kalamazoo's reserves, 31-12.
Kalamazoo, which shot 25% from the floor, was led by a 15-point effort from Kaytlyn Tidey.
Heidelberg squares off with Wittenberg at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Tigers (6-5) upended Dubuque, 89-58, on Friday.