Following a nine point victory at Westminster College, the Heidelberg University women’s basketball team and fifth year head coach Marcie Alberts returned home to Seiberling Gymnasium to resume Ohio Athletic Conference competition.
The Quakers of Wilmington College entered the matchup, 7-4 overall and 3-1 in the OAC, while the Berg has struggled thus far in the OAC holding a record of 1-3, 4-4 overall.
It was a hard fought game and emotions ran high as the Quakers outlasted the Student Princes defeating the Berg, 60-59 with a pair free throws in the final seconds.
Sophomore Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) led the Student Princes against Wilmington, scoring a game-high 20-points and a team-high eight rebounds with two assists, one block and a team-high three steals.
Junior Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary’s) tallied 14-points in the loss to the Quakers. Phillips also collected three assists and two steals in the loss.
With her 14-points against Wilmington, Phillips inches closer to eclipsing the career 1,000-point plateau. She currently stands at 917, needing 83 to reach the 1,000-point mark.
Senior Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) dropped nine-points for the Berg with one assist and three rebounds.
Off of the bench, freshman Erin Pacholski (Medina) led the Student Princes with six-points, knocking down two three-pointers.
As a unit, the Berg bench accounted for 13 of Heidelberg’s 59 points.
‘Berg women’s basketball will take time off for the holiday and return to the hardwood in the new year when they travel to Cleveland, Ohio and battle Case Western Reserve University. Action between the Student Princes and the Spartans is slated for 6:00 p.m. on January 2, 2013.