Granville, Ohio – November 16, 2010 – The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team outscored Denison University 42-32 in the second half, but it was not enough and suffered a 65-59 setback in its 2010-11 season opener.
After a slow start on both sides, Heidelberg’s Jordan Ickes (Wooster, Ohio / Triway) broke a scoreless tie 2:14 into the contest with a layup. Two possessions later Denison’s Haley Dahlgard completed a three-point play to give the lead to the host school. Denison extended its first half lead to as many as 11 points before closing out the half with an 8-0 run to hold a 33-17 lead at the intermission.
Denison scored first in the second half and held a double digit lead until Heidelberg freshman Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky, Ohio / St. Mary’s) connected from long range to cut the Big Red lead to eight, 49-41, with 6:26 left in the game. Another Phillips trey pulled the Berg within three points, 59-56, with just over a minute on the clock. However, Denison’s Shaina Kaiser returned with a three-point play to double up its lead. On Heidelberg’s ensuing possession, another freshman Emily Giel (Burton, Ohio / Burkshire) took charge with a three of her own to cut Denison’s lead back to three, but that was as close as the Berg could get. Denison connected on three late free throws to push the final to 65-59.
Heidelberg shot an impressive 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field in the second half, which improved on its 19.4 percent (6-of-31) from the first half. For the game, Denison held a slight advantage from the field, 36.1 percent compared to 34.5 percent by the Berg. The Big Red led the way on the glass, 50-39.
In her collegiate debut, Phillips led the way with a game-high 19 points. Of her 19 points, 12 came from behind the arc. Phillips found a spot in the starting lineup and also contributed three rebounds, an assist and one steal. Backing Phillips was Jenny Miller (Tiffin, Ohio / Clyde) with a double-double that consisted of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Joining Phillips in the starting lineup, and also making her collegiate debut, was Giel. Giel finished with nine points, all of which were from long range, to go along with three assists and a rebound.
Lucy Follansbee led Denison with 15 points, while Serafina Nuzzo had 10 boards.