ALLIANCE Heidelberg traveled to Mount Union coming off its first loss of the season Wednesday to Capital. Yet, Heidelberg didn't lose focus, snapping a 12-game losing streak to the Purple Raiders, 73-66.
The 'Berg trailed in the first half by 11 points, but a 24-6 run led by the Student Princes' defensive efforts put them ahead by seven at the half.
"Our focus all week in practice was all about defense and it paid off for us," said Heidelberg coach Morgan Shriver. "The entire team bought into what we have been teaching all year. I told them if they are in a position defensively, they will put themselves in position to win the game. It was a great team effort."
Mount Union got within two early in the second half, but Carli Patrick ignited a 13-4 second half run for Heidelberg. Patrick put up 14 of her 17 points in the second half.
The Purple Raiders came within six of HU with a minute left, but with a missed shot from behind the arc, Heidelberg was able to maintain possession and close out Mount Union.
Dragons commit Cardinal errors in loss
SAGINAW, Mich. - The Tiffin University women's basketball team fell apart in the second half, in a 83-64 loss to Saginaw Valley State.
TU stayed with the Cardinals through out the first half, trailing 39-32 at the break.
Yet, the Dragons inability to shoot effectively from the line or beyond the arc led to breakdowns in the second half.
The Cardinals went on an 18-5 run in the second half to which the Dragons had no answer to.
TU was 23 of 61 from the field, 18 of 30 on free throws, and missed on all 11 3-point attempts.
Bre Nauman led the Dragons with 19 points and eight rebounds while Jillian Adams added 13 points to the team's efforts.
TU gets win over SVSU
SAGINAW, Mich. - Tiffin University (5-2, 1-1 GLIAC) defeated Saginaw Valley State on the road 65-52 Saturday afternoon.
The Dragons looked well in control during the first half leading 30-18 going into the lockerroom.
"We played a really solid first half, controlled the tempo, and controlled the game," said Tiffin coach Jerry Buccilla.
During the second half, an eight-point run rallied the Cardinals back into the game with 3:33 left to play. Over the next three-minutes, TU put the final nail in the coffin, going on a 15-5 run and hitting 15 of 19 from the line.
Joe Graessle led the team with 15 points, four assists and three steals, while Khaleal McCormick had 12 points and five rebounds. Ashton Khon also added 12 points, while Jonathan Sutherlin had a personal best of eight points and 10 rebounds.
"Jonathan Sutherlin played his best game, the same with Mike Boan, both guys really anchored us tonight," said Buccilla.