TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team will have one final tune-up and close out its four-game road stretch before it enters Ohio Athletic Conference play as it faces Kenyon College on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Tomsich Arena in Gambier, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Heidelberg (2-2) is coming off its second one-point victory in three games, as it capped a five-day and nearly 1,800 mile road trip with an 82-81 win at Earlham (Ind.) College (Nov. 22). Sophomore guard Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire), who made the game-winning foul shot just three days prior, hit the game-tying and game-winning free throw with four seconds remaining, sending the ‘Berg to victory. Sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary’s) topped all scorers with a career-high 30 points on nine-of-16 shooting and 11-of-11 from the line, also career highs. Backing Phillips were junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) and sophomore guard Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) with 17 points with 11 points, respectively, and the Tri-Color shot a blistering 85.4 percent (35-of-41) from the free-throw line. Miller also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
Kenyon (4-2) is looking to add to its two-game winning streak following an 87-72 victory over Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University (Nov. 27). Maureen Hirt scored nearly half of the Ladies’ points, pouring in a school record 40 points on 15-of-19 shooting, including nine-of-12 from three-point range. Kayla Ernst added 24 markers on 11-of-14 shooting and pulled down six rebounds.
Three of five Heidelberg starters are averaging better than 10.0 points per game, led by Phillips (20.3), Ickes (11.0) and Miller (10.3). Miller averages a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game, while junior forward Casey Bishop (Orrville) pulls down 5.8 rpg. of her own. Giel has passed for a team-high eight assists and Phillips has notched a team-leading nine steals.
The Ladies are led in scoring by Hirt (18.8 ppg.), Morgan Korinek (17.0 ppg.) and Ernst (14.7 ppg.). Korinek leads the team by averaging 7.2 rpg. and in steals with 11, while Hirt has a team-best 20 assists to her credit. In addition, four players are shooting better than 45.0 percent from the field.
Following the close of its four-game road stretch, the Tri-Color opens OAC play Saturday, Dec. 3 when it hosts Wilmington College at 3 p.m.