Tiffin, Ohio – December 2, 2009 - The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team racked up its first win of the season as it was victorious over Otterbein College with a score of 65-64. The Berg’s win improves their record to 1-4 overall, 1-0 in the OAC while Otterbein drops to 2-4, 0-1 on the season.
Heidelberg came out strong as they held a 13-3 lead as Jenny Miller (Tiffin, Ohio / Clyde) found Jordan Ickes (Wooster, Ohio / Triway) behind the three-point arc, which then Ickes drained the shot making Otterbein to call a timeout.
Otterbein would make a 14-4 run itself, while going into halftime knotted up at 27-27.
In the second half, the game would go back and forth including six lead changes and six ties.
With two minutes left, the game was tied 60-60, until Lyndsey DaVault (Orrville, Ohio / Orrville) forced a turnover and scored, while being fouled. DaVault would make the free-throw completing the three-point play, resulting in a 63-60 lead for Heidelberg.
Despite a turnover on the next possession for Otterbein, the Cardinals would get another chance and would capitalize when Kristi Kotterman made a fastbreak layup bringing Otterbein within one point.
On the ensuing possession, Stacey Barker (Grove City, Ohio / Grove City) would make two clutch free throws building Heidelberg’s lead to three with a score of 65-62.
The lead was too much for the Cardinals to overcome, as the gamed ended 65-64 in favor the Berg.
Leading Heidelberg offensively was Miller who scored a career-high 22 points to go a long with eight rebounds. Barker and Stacey Richard (Galloway, Ohio / Central Crossing) each earned 11 points with seven and nine rebounds each, respectively.
DaVault and Ickes would each contribute with six and five points, respectively. Alyssa Esposito (Brecksville, Ohio / Brecksville-Broadview Heights) added four points and three rebounds.
Also scoring in the win was Jasmine Howard (Kent, Ohio / Theordore Roosevelt), Chelsey Calhoun (Sullivan, Ohio / Black River), and Kristen McConkey (New Carlisle, Ohio / Tecumseh).
On the defensive end, Betsy Shrider (Mount Blanchard, Ohio / Riverdale) racked up a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with her game-high four blocks and three assists.
Heidelberg returns to action Saturday, Dec. 5, when they travel to Ohio Northern University starting at 3:00 p.m.