TIFFIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team will open Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday, Dec. 3 when it hosts Wilmington College at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Live stats for the contest will be available at http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/wbb/xlive.htm.
The Berg (2-3) looks to get back in the win column against the Quakers following a 71-49 loss to Kenyon College on Wednesday. Against Kenyon, sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary’s), who has led the team in scoring in four of five games this season, including a 30-point outburst against Earlham (Ind.) College (Nov. 22), scored 14 points and freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) tallied 10 markers of her own for her first career double-digit scoring performance.
Heidelberg has not had a winning streak or losing streak of two games this season.
Phillips began the week ranked second in the OAC in scoring and averages 18.8 points per game and leads the team in both field goal percentage at 40.9 (27-of-66) and free-throw percentage at a smoldering 81.8 (18-of-22). Junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) and sophomore guard Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) support Phillips in the back court, averaging 9.6 and 9.4 ppg., respectively. Miller also tallies 5.4 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Jessica Simpkins (Sunbury/Big Walnut) averages a team-high 4.0 rpg.
As a team, the Berg scores 61.4 ppg., shoots 35.2 percent (106-of-301) from the field, including 29.0 percent (27-of-93) from the three-point line, and 70.1 percent (68-of-97) from the free-throw line.
Wilmington (4-0, 1-0 Ohio Athletic Conference), selected to finish in seventh place in the league standings in a preseason vote by the head coaches, opened OAC play with a 49-30 win against Capital University on Wednesday. The Quakers limited Capital to 15.4 percent (10-of-65) shooting and Mackenzie Wippel finished with game-highs of 15 points and nine rebounds.
Wippel also leads the Quakers for the season, averaging 17.0 ppg. and 7.3 rpg. McKenzie Kilburn adds 7.5 ppg. and is a 77.8 percent (14-of-18) shooter from the field. Bria Eslick (7.0 ppg., 5.8 rpg.) and LeAnn Topp (3.8 ppg., 5.0 rpg.) make up the front court.
As a team, Wilmington is scoring 69.0 ppg., outscores its opponents by an average of 16.5 points per contest and outrebounds its opponents by an average of 10.3 boards per game.
Following Saturday’s OAC opener, the Berg hosts Case Western Reserve University in a non-conference game Monday, Dec. 5.