TIFFIN, Ohio—Freshman guard Erika Jordan (Bellevue) scored a team and season-high 14 points on a five-of-10 shooting performance, including four-of-nine from behind the arc, and freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) added a season-high 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and five steals, but the Heidelberg University women’s basketball team fell to Otterbein University, 90-56, tonight in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.
In addition to Jordan and Ricketts for the Berg (4-10, 1-6 OAC), sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's) had nine points and a team-high five rebounds.
Five Cardinals—led by Hannah Day’s game-high 18 points—scored in double figures, including 12 each from Kristi Kotterman, Shea McCoy and Rachel Snedegar, and 10 from Tabatha Piper. Day and Kotterman grabbed a game-high six rebounds. The win was Otterbein’s (11-3, 5-2 OAC) seventh straight in the series.
The Cardinals used a 61.3 percent (19-of-31) shooting performance, including five-of-eight from three point range, in the first half to race out to a 49-25 lead by halftime. Otterbein opened the game on a 15-2 run, capped at the 14:07 mark with a lay-up by Day, and led by as many as 27 points during the opening half.
Phillips, who came within one point of tying the school single-game record in last Saturday’s win over Marietta College, was held to a slow start, shooting just two-of-11 in the first half. The Berg shot just 28.6 percent (10-of-35) and three-of-11 from long range.
The Cardinals quickly built a 30-point advantage in the second half and would not lead by less than 26 points for the remainder of the game.
Heidelberg shot just 28.4 percent (19-of-67) from the field, but was 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the free throw line.
Otterbein was 51.6 percent (32-of-62) overall, 52.9 percent (nine-of-17) from three-point range and 81.0 percent (17-of-21) from the free throw line. The Cardinals also held a 49-33 rebounding advantage and committed just nine fouls.
The Berg continues OAC action Saturday, Jan. 11 with a 3 p.m. tilt against No. 12 University of Mount Union in its third of four straight home games.