TIFFIN -- A high-press fourth quarter defense proved too much for the Heidelberg University women's basketball team as Wilmington College used a strong fourth quarter and overtime period to emerge with a 67-56 win on Saturday afternoon.
A second straight double-double for Maddy Crawford was not enough for the Student Princes (8-11, 4-8 OAC) on a day that saw the team shoot just 31% from the floor. A combined 9-of-13 from the floor in across the final 15 minutes of play and 40% shooting all afternoon was the difference maker for the Quakers (10-9, 5-7) to escape with the road victory.
A hotly contested first seven minutes quickly swung in favor of the Berg. Alli Adelsperger's hustle play to snatch an offensive rebound sparked a free possession. Aianna Wilson lulled the defense to sleep and kicked the ball to a wide-open Brittanie Ulmer, where she promptly dispatched the 3-pointer to break the deadlock. On their very next possession, Mattie Overmyer took advantage of poor marking and just like Ulmer, knocked down an uncontested 3-ball. The Student Princes used the momentum to close out the first quarter leading 15-11.
Heidelberg kept up the pressure, disrupting the Quakers defense with a quick 8-2 run to start the quarter and build their largest lead of the game thus far at 23-13. Brooke Beamer started her scoring with six of those eight points for the Berg.
Wilmington closed the final 2:51 of the second quarter on a 7-2 run to bring the Student Prince halftime lead to 27-22.
Heidelberg rode a 35% shooting percentage into the break, while the Quakers only managed to shoot 25% from the floor. Aiding in the Student Princes' intermission lead was Wilmington's subpar 1-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc.
Up by just four points with 6:28 remaining in the third, Adelsperger ignited yet another run for the Student Princes with back-to-back layups to kickstart a dominant end to the quarter. Wilmington managed to trim the lead to just seven by quarter break.
During the fourth, Heidelberg continued to score when necessary to maintain their lead at the start of the fourth quarter. However, Wilmington implemented an up-tempo defense to disrupt the Berg's momentum, eventually leading to a tied scoreline with just 3:34 remaining in the game.
The gridlocked score remained at the end of regulation sending the game to overtime.
In the extra period, Wilmington outscored the Student Princes 13-2. Maddy Crawford tallied both HU points at the charity stripe.
With Crawford's 10 points and 16 rebounds, the 5-9 post player tallied her twelfth double-double of the season. She also added one block, three assists, and two steals to her box score.
Brooke Beamer led the Student Princes' scoring with 11 points.
Kennedy Lewis and McKayla Binkley combined for 40 of Wilmington's points to lead the Quakers.
Behind Crawford's 16 boards, the Student Princes managed to out-rebound Wilmington 45-39, including a nine-rebound surplus offensively.
The Berg will travel to top-seeded John Carroll University on Wednesday looking to make-up for a 70-68 home loss earlier this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. in University Heights.