NEW CONCORD -- It wasn't cut and dry, but the Heidelberg University women's basketball team picked up an important conference victory on the road at Muskingum University by a final score of 66-61 on Saturday afternoon.
The Student Princes improved their record to 8-7 overall and 4-4 in the OAC, while the Muskies dropped to 1-14, 0-8.
"It's a tough place to win," head coach Morgan Harrigan said after the game. "We kept our heads even though we weren't getting the calls we wanted while finishing our free throws."
The Student Princes got out of the gates slowly, as they were held scoreless for the first 3:42 of the game. A Casey Moore layup broke the drought for HU.
From there, Heidelberg would only manage seven more points by the end of the first quarter. The Muskies' 29% shooting slightly edged that of the Berg's to give them a 12-9 lead.
The second quarter was an opportunity for the Berg to right the ship. They proceeded to outscore Muskingum 19-10 over the period and carried a six-point advantage to the halftime intermission. In just three minutes, Heidelberg strung together an 11-2 run to aid their dominant second quarter. Brittanie Ulmer put up seven of her 12 first half points during the run.
Ulmer capped the first half scoring with a 3-pointer from the corner to beat the shot clock with just over a minute left to play in the frame.
After the halftime break, the Student Princes extended their lead to their largest of the game at 34-25 with 7:48 left in the frame on a jumper by Brooke Beamer. However, Muskingum made a run at the Berg's lead late in the frame as they closed the gap to within as little as two points. Heidelberg maintained a three-point lead heading to the fourth.
Heidelberg held control of the fourth quarter and exchanged points with the Muskies. Late in the game, as Muskingum entered desperation mode, the Student Princes maintained their composure at the free throw line. Between a combined effort by Alyssa Riley, Brittanie Ulmer, and Brooke Beamer, HU connected on their final eight charity shots to ice the five-point victory.
Aianna Wilson continued a strong effort distributing the rock as she collected a game-high four assists.
The often-dominant Maddy Crawford found herself in early foul trouble and struggled to get going offensively, only managing six points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. However, Crawford still made her presence known on the glass pulling down 10 rebounds, including four offensive. Crawford also swatted away three Muskie shot attempts to add to her league league in that category.
For Muskingum, Devyn Bonner tallied a game-high 18 points. Additionally, Bonner pulled in 14 rebounds.
"I'm proud of multiple efforts tonight," continued coach Harrigan. "Sadie [Chaney] hit a great shot, and Leah [Bouillon] took a great charge late in the fourth quarter to propel us forward."
Heidelberg will continue their brief road trip on Wednesday evening at Capital University. Tip off in Bexley is scheduled for 7 p.m.