TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University men’s and women’s basketball teams will travel to New Concord, Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 10 to face Muskingum University in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Performance Court. Tip-off for the women’s game is slated for 2 p.m. The men’s game will follow at approximately 4 p.m.
Both ‘Berg teams are looking to snap losing streaks of four games (women) and five games (men). In their last game, the Student Princes fell to OAC foe Baldwin-Wallace College, 90-69, in Tiffin, while the Berg women dropped a road contest to B-W, 70-63, in Berea.
Against the Yellow Jackets, senior guard Darion Capers (Clayton/Madison-Trotwood) poured in a game and season-high 22 points on an eight-of-10 shooting night and sophomore forward Victor Fortkamp (St. Henry) scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Heidelberg rebounded from a 26.7 percent (eight-of-30) shooting clip in the first half to shoot 42.9 percent (15-of-35) in the second, and held a 49-41 advantage on the glass, including 18 second-chance looks.
Four Student Princes average double-figure scoring, led by Capers, who tallies 15.7 points per game. Fortkamp scores 13.0 ppg. and Davis averages close to a double-double with 11.5 ppg. and 9.2 rpg. and leads the team with 13 blocks. Junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Prep), who has a team-high 22 assists, averages 10.5 ppg. and is second on the team with 6.2 rpg. The trio of Davis (60.0), Capers (56.7) and Fortkamp (55.6) combine to shoot 57.2 percent (91-of-159) from the field, as Heidelberg paces at a 44.5 clip (158-of-355) overall, tallies 71.0 ppg. and outrebounds its opponents by an average margin of 9.2 caroms per game.
The Muskingum men (2-5, 0-2 OAC) have lost two straight games and three of their last four following an 87-77 loss at No. 10 Marietta College on Wednesday. Kyle Clinedinst led the Fighting Muskies with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Brindley added 14 points and nine rebounds and Jonathan Primes tallied 13 markers of his own.
The Berg women (2-6, 0-2 OAC) will be wrapping up an eight-day stretch in which it will have played four games. Both of the team’s victories this season have come on the road and Heidelberg is 2-2 away from Seiberling Gymnasium. Against B-W on Wednesday, sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary’s) poured in a game-high 25 points and led the team in scoring for the fifth straight game and seventh time in eight contests this season. Sophomore guard Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire) followed with 10 points. The Tri-Color shot 37.9 percent (22-of-58), its best mark in four games, and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the charity stripe, its second highest mark of the season.
Phillips leads the team in scoring at 18.1 ppg., is tied with junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) for the team lead in field goal percentage at 37.9 percent (48-of-121) and shoots 83.9 percent (26-of-31) from the free throw line. Ickes averages 8.0 ppg. and has passed for a team-high 11 assists. Giel scores 7.9 ppg. and has 11 assists of her own. Sophomore guard Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) averages 7.4 ppg. and leads all active players with 4.5 rpg. Freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) has come off the bench to average 7.0 ppg. over her last five outings.
The Fighting Muskie women (2-3, 0-2 OAC), have lost two straight contests following a 68-40 defeat at Ohio Northern University last Saturday. Hannah Nelson led Muskingum with 11 points and four rebounds, while Gabbi Davis chipped in 10 markers.
Following Saturday’s doubleheader, the Berg men return to Tiffin to host two games next week, beginning with Waynesburg (Pa.) University on Thursday, Dec. 15. The Heidelberg women will enjoy a 10-day layoff and resume OAC play on Tuesday, Dec. 20.