TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team will close its four-game home stand Wednesday, Jan. 18 when it hosts Capital University in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Live stats for the contest will be available at http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/wbb/xlive.htm.
Heidelberg (4-11, 1-7 OAC) is coming off a 73-67 loss Saturday to OAC leader No. 12 University of Mount Union in Tiffin. Junior forward Molly Schriber (Sidney) came off the bench against the Purple Raiders and scored a career-high 17 points—leading four players who scored in double figures—and matched a game-high with six rebounds. Sophomore guard Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) matched a season-high with 15 points, sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary’s) added 14 points and junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) tallied 10 markers and five rebounds.
The Berg is led by Phillips, who averages an OAC-best 18.7 points per game, is fifth with an 82.1 (69-of-84) free throw percentage and tied for eighth with 29 steals. Miller tallies 8.6 ppg. and leads the team with 4.3 rebounds per game. Giel scores 7.2 ppg., has passed for a team-high 28 assists and shoots a team-best 31.1 percent (23-of-74) from three point range. As a team, Heidelberg scores 61.5 ppg., shoots 34.4 percent from the field and averages 35.9 rpg.
Capital (10-5, 5-3 OAC) sits in fourth place in the conference standings and has won five of its last six games, including a 74-62 win Saturday against Muskingum University in Bexley. Jamie Caton came off the bench to lead the Crusaders with 18 points. Shalena Hawkins added 14 markers and a team-high nine rebounds and Hilary Kuhns and Stacy Timmerman each posted 12 points and seven boards.
The Crusaders are led by Hawkins, who is seventh in the OAC in scoring (13.7 ppg.), eighth in rebounding (6.9 rpg.) and leads the conference with a 56.9 (87-of-153) field goal percentage. Kuhns tallies 9.7 ppg. and 5.9 rpg., is seventh with 13 blocks and is tied with Phillips for eighth in the league with 29 steals. Caton scores 9.3 ppg. off the bench. Capital is fifth in the league in scoring (62.7 ppg.), fourth in field goal percentage (40.9), second in field goal percentage defense (36.5) and seventh in rebounding (38.5 rpg.)
Capital is 8-2 in the series’ last 10 meetings and is currently riding an eight-game win streak against the Tri-Color, including winning the last four consecutive in Tiffin. A year ago, the Crusaders took 57-43 and 88-68 wins in Bexley (Jan. 2, 2011) and Tiffin (Feb. 5, 2011), respectively. In two games last season, Phillips averaged 10.0 ppg. and Giel tallied 9.5 ppg. for the Berg, while Timmerman guided the Crusaders with 14.5 ppg. on 12-of-16 shooting. In addition, Hawkins added 13.5 ppg. and Kuhns averaged 10.0 ppg. and 5.5 rpg. and combined for nine assists and six blocks.
Following Wednesday’s contest, the Berg will play its first road game in more than two weeks when it faces OAC foe Wilmington College on Saturday in Wilmington, Ohio.
Capital (10-5, 5-3 OAC)
Rebekah Will—15-15—7.3 ppg., 4.7 rpg., 44 ast., 28 stl.
Hilary Kuhns—15-13—9.7 ppg., 5.9 rpg., 13 blk., 29 stl.
Cookie Geroski—15-15—8.6 ppg., 5.4 rpg., 44.8 FG%, 53 ast.
Shalena Hawkins—15-15—13.7 ppg., 6.9 rpg., 56.9 FG%, 25 stl.
Stacy Timmerman—15-15—9.2 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 43.5 FG%, 83.3 FT%
Heidelberg (4-11, 1-7 OAC)
Jordan Ickes—15-15—7.0 ppg., 39.6 FG%, 22 ast.
Emily Giel—15-15—7.2 ppg., 31.1 3FG%, 28 ast.
Kathleen Phillips—14-14—18.7 ppg., 37.3 FG%, 82.1 FT%, 29 stl.
Jazmine Shaw—15-5—2.1 ppg., 2.3 rpg.
Megan Miller—15-15—8.6 ppg., 4.3 rpg., 19 stl.