TIFFIN -- A strong first half for Capital University was the difference as the Heidelberg University women's basketball team faltered at home by a final score of 84-75.
With the loss, Heidelberg slips to 9-13 overall and 5-10 in conference play. Capital improved to 14-8 and 9-6 in the OAC.
Leading the way for the Student Princes was Brooke Beamer with 20 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Alyssa Riley also used a big second half to contribute 16 points and three rebounds as the berg's comeback fell short late in the fourth quarter.
After jumping out to an early 4-0 lead, the Student Princes found themselves behind quickly 13-6, after three made 3-pointers by Elle Folan fueled the run for the Crusaders. The turnaround initiated a Heidelberg timeout, which proved to light a spark for the Berg.
The timely substitution of Brittanie Ulmer yielded immediate results as the junior swished two 3-pointers of her own to bring the Berg within one.
Unfortunately, the energy sizzled out, as Capital closed out the first frame on a 9-2 run, extending their lead to 24-16.
The second quarter remained much in the favor of the visitors as the Crusaders worked cutting passing through the paint to hold the edge. The Student Princes did not concede easily, constantly working for a way to edge back into the game. Capital held the pressure off, holding their 12-point lead at the break.
Coming out of the halftime break, an early bucket by Brooke Beamer looked to set the Berg on their way back into contention. However, a 14-7 by Capital run re-opened the spread across the third period.
Heidelberg responded to Capital's increased pressure with an injection off the bench. Alyssa Riley rattled off seven points, before a 3-pointer by Alli Adelsperger trimmed what had been a 19-point lead to just 8 points by the quarter break.
Riley started the fourth with 3-pointer out of the gates, continuing to close the deficit. However, the Crusaders used a 3-ball and a pair of layups to keep the Berg comeback attempts on the back burner.
As the final 10 minutes looked like an opportunity to contest for the lead, Heidelberg's costly turnovers in crucial moments did not bode well in the stretch. Capital converted those giveaways into eight points to all but seal the victory.
As head coach Morgan Harrigan exhausted her bench, Destiny Young and Hannah Kilps combined for a bucket late on, as Young turned distributor to Kilps who finished the layup. On the next possession, Tylese Noble knocked down her first career bucket.
The Crusaders worked a strong game in the paint with 17 assists leading to 42 points scored within the key. Leading the scoring for the Crusaders was Elle Folan with 17, while five other players reached double-digit scoring.
The Student Princes will cap off their busy week on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they host the University of Mount Union. The men will face off against Mount at 3 p.m.