WBB: Berg drops OAC tilt at John Carroll

File photo by Doug Sampson
File photo by Doug Sampson

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- A dominant second quarter by the hosts sunk the Heidelberg University women's basketball team on the road Monday evening, 73-54.

John Carroll University (15-6, 11-3 OAC) utilized a 19-6 run in the second period of play to establish full control of the game.

JCU got out of the gates on a high note, extending to a 10-2 lead after just three minutes of play. After a 30-second timeout by Heidelberg (9-12, 5-9), the Student Princes embarked on a 9-4 run to put them back in contention early on. From there, HU would continue to test the league-leading Blue Streaks across the first period.

Mattie Overmyer and Maddy Crawford were heavily involved in the final move of the quarter. Overmyer collected a tough defensive rebound before sending the ball to Aianna Wilson who found Crawford for a buzzer beating layup. The play brought Heidelberg within three points at the first break.

The Blue Streaks found their groove and dominated the second quarter. Shmoo Pryor tallied seven of her nine points across the run.

The third period was a much better showing for the Student Princes' offense as they outscored JCU's attack 19-17.  Maddy Crawford completed her 14th double-double of the season in the third quarter securing both her tenth point and tenth rebound in the frame.

Across the fourth, the Student Princes closed to as close as 12 points, but could not mount a comeback. John Carroll closed out the 19-point win on 50% shooting in the fourth quarter.

Crawford and Brooke Beamer led the Student Princes with 12 points a piece. Wilson tacked on 11 points and three assists to help the offensive efforts.

Defensively, Crawford also led all players with 14 boards and four blocks.

The host Blue Streaks were paced by Nicole Heffington's 12 points and supported by Chelbi Graham's 11 and Abby Adler's 10. JCU used 17 assists to work the ball to the open shooter as 11 of their 14 players found the scoring column.

Heidelberg will continue their busy week by returning home to host Capital University on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. tip off. The Berg will then welcome the University of Mount Union to Tiffin on Saturday as part of a conference doubleheader. The women play at 2 p.m., while the men follow at 4 p.m.