TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team looks to get back on the winning track Tuesday, Jan. 25 when it hosts Baldwin-Wallace College 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 (4-13, 1-9 OAC) will try to snap a four-game losing streak following a 77-53 setback Saturday at Wilmington College. Sophomore guard Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire) matched a season-high with 14 points and made a season-high four three-pointers, junior forward Molly Schriber (Sidney) added 10 points, and senior guard Jazmine Shaw (Columbus/Hamilton Township) tallied six points and pulled down a game and season-high six rebounds against the Quakers.
Fourth-year head coach Marcie Alberts will likely run a five-guard set, including sophomores Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary’s), Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) and Giel, junior Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) and Shaw. Phillips enters tomorrow’s tilt leading the OAC in scoring at 17.3 points per game, fifth with an 81.4 (70-of-86) free throw percentage and eighth with 33 steals. Miller tallies 8.5 ppg. and leads the team with 4.8 rebounds per game. Giel scores 7.7 ppg., has passed for a team-high 31 assists, is tied for fourth in the OAC with 30 three-pointers and shoots 33.7 percent (30-of-89) from beyond the arc, good for ninth in the conference. Ickes averages 6.4 ppg., shoots 37.6 percent (44-of-117) from the field and has recorded 25 assists. Shaw tallies 2.3 ppg. and 2.5 rpg.
As a team, Heidelberg scores 60.8 ppg., shoots 34.0 percent from the field and pulls down 36.5 rpg. The ‘Berg is third in the OAC with 97 triples, a fourth with 58 blocks and 169 steals.
Baldwin-Wallace (10-7, 5-5 OAC) is currently tied for fifth place in the conference standings and has won three of its last five games after a 91-59 drubbing Saturday of Marietta College in Berea. Five Yellow Jackets scored in double figures, led by Natalia Simovic, who came off the bench to tally 12 points and match a team-high with six rebounds, and Nancy Coulter and Megan Frisina with 11 points each. B-W shot 50.8 percent (31-of-61) overall and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from three-point range.
Twenty-first year head coach Cheri Harrer expects to start Jessica Lairson and Rachel Rossman in the backcourt and Catherine Spisak, Jessica Carpenter and Nancy Coulter at the post positions. Lairson leads B-W with 11.8 ppg. and 26 steals. Carpenter tallies 9.5 ppg. and is seventh in the OAC with a 34.6 (18-of-52) three point shooting percentage. Coulter averages 7.4 ppg. and 4.8 rpg. and is second in the circuit with 21 blocks. Rossman scores 3.9 ppg. and is second in the OAC with 78 assists. Spisak tallies 3.8 ppg. and is third in the league with 9.8 rpg.
The Yellow Jackets score an OAC-low 57.8 ppg., but are third in scoring defense, allowing 57.4 ppg. B-W shoots 38.6 percent overall and is third in both three-point shooting (31.3) and free throw percentage (71.9).
B-W has won 19 consecutive games in the series dating back to Jan. 20, 2004. In the first meeting between the two teams on Dec. 7, 2011, four Yellow Jackets, led by Carpenter’s 20 points and a 10-point 15-rebound double-double from Spisak, scored in double figures as B-W secured a 70-63 victory in Berea. Coulter had 12 points and five rebounds and Lairson added 11 markers. The Berg was led by Phillips’ 25 points on 10-of-27 shooting and 10 points from Giel.
Following Wednesday’s contest, the Berg will host Muskingum University at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 in the first game of a Shoot for the Cure/Coaches vs. Cancer men’s and women’s doubleheader. All proceeds will be donated to charity. In addition, the women’s basketball team will hold its annual Alumni Game at 12 p.m.
Baldwin-Wallace (10-7, 5-5 OAC)
Jessica Lairson—17-16—11.8 ppg., 43.2 FG%, 26 stl.
Rachel Rossman—17-17—3.9 ppg., 78 ast.
Nancy Coulter—16-15—7.4 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 59.5 FG%, 75.8 FT, 21 blk.
Jessica Carpenter—17-17—9.5 ppg., 34.6 FG%, 76.7 FT%
Catherine Spisak—17-17—3.8 ppg., 8.8 rpg.
Heidelberg (4-13, 1-9 OAC)
Jordan Ickes—17-17—6.4 ppg., 37.6 FG%, 25 ast.
Emily Giel—17-17—7.7 ppg., 33.7 3FG%, 31ast.
Kathleen Phillips—16-16—17.3 ppg., 3.5 rpg., 36.0 FG%, 81.4 FT%
Jazmine Shaw—17-7—2.3 ppg., 2.5 rpg.
Megan Miller—17-17—8.5 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 11 blk.