Riding a seven game slide, the Heidelberg University women’s basketball team returned to Seiberling Gymnasium to battle the Crusaders of Capital University. The Crusaders handed the Berg a 33-point loss in Bexley, Ohio back on December 5, 2012 when the two teams met for the first time.
Despite junior Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary’s) scoring a team-high 18 points on the Crusaders, the Student Princes fell to Capital, 76-61.
Phillips was the only Student Prince to reach double digits scoring, which was accompanied by her two assists, one steal and three rebounds.
Senior Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) and junior Emily Giel (Burton/Berkshire) led the team in assists with three each.
Ickes, coming off of her career-high 23-point performance against Mount Union on Saturday, scored seven points and tallied four rebounds and one steal against the Crusaders.
Giel dropped six points in the loss.
Sophomore Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) led the Berg on the glass with nine total rebounds, eight of which were defensive. Ricketts also tallied seven points, two steals and two assists against Capital.
Ricketts led the Student Princes at the charity stripe, knocking down five of her six free throws.
“We have to play more consistently,” said fifth year head coach Marcie Alberts.
“Saturday’s Mount Union game is a perfect example of how we are able to play. We handled the ball well, took good shots, and played consistently on both sides of the court even though we lost. If you can play that way in one game, you can play that way in any game,” Alberts added.
The Crusaders were led by Stacy Timmerman’s 20 points and Jamie Caton’s 18. Timmerman and Caton were the only Crusaders to reach double figures.
Heidelberg and Capital exchanged the lead four times in the first half, reaching a tie twice.
Heidelberg led by as much as seven in the first half, but the Crusaders gained a one-point advantage at the 7:04 mark in the first half. Capital would take a seven-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
At the 18:18 mark in the second half, the Berg cut the Crusader lead to one with a Ricketts layup that was assisted by Phillips.
However, the Capital offense was too much for the Berg to overcome, as the Crusaders did not trail for the remainder of the game. Capital coasted to a 15-point victory.
The Heidelberg ladies will return to the court on Saturday, January 26 when they travel to Wilmington College to battle the Quakers and continue Ohio Athletic Conference competition. Tipoff is slated for 3:00 p.m.