Considering where this program has been over the past several seasons, Heidelberg's start to the 2013-14 season has been strong.
The Student Princes came into Wednesday night's game with John Carroll having won six of its first seven games, including a surprising victory Saturday at Mount Union.
That's as many wins as the Princes had all of last season.
Heidelberg’s Megan Miller, a Columbian graduate, lofts a jumper against the defense of John Carroll’s Meghan Weber Wednesday night at Seiberling Gymnasium. Miller had 18 points off the bench.
But the start has a caveat. Yes, Heidelberg has won six games, but all six of those have come away from Seiberling Gymnasium.
The Student Princes dropped to 0-2 at home when it fell to the Blue Streaks, 91-79, Wednesday.
"I don't know why we're not playing like we do on the road at home," said first-year HU coach Morgan Shriver. "For some reason we're panicking and not playing defense."
And against the Blue Streaks, that's a disastrous recipe.
John Carroll, which, like Heidelberg, has a new coach, improved to 6-0, 3-0 in the OAC.
"Every away game in the OAC is hard, when you can get a win on the road, it's a great thing," said JCU mentor Kelly Morrone.
John Carroll played fast all night, building a 14-point first half advantage before going to the break up 51-40.
Morrone credited the Streaks' offensive success to point guard Allison Lustig, who had 12 points and six assists in 40 minutes of play.
"She totally managed our tempo, our emotion," Morrone said. "Anytime they made a run, you saw that (her teammates) have complete confidence in her with the ball."
Led by Missy Spahar, who came into the game with a 26-points-per-game average, the Blue Jackets dominated the offensive glass, putting down every Heidelberg run. This, along with turnovers (HU had 23) that led to transition, created numerous point blank shots for the Streaks.
JCU finished with 43 rebounds, 16 offensive.
Spahar finished with 19 points and 13 boards. She did this despite being saddled with four fouls for much of the second half.
"I get so sick of saying 'box out,'" Shriver said. "I remember one specific timeout, I asked if they were tired of me (saying) it. I'm like 'It's not just me, it's every fan in this place.'"
Heidelberg was led by Kathleen Phillips, who scored 21 points before fouling out. She did spur a late run, hitting a jumper to cut the Streaks lead to 71-64 with 9:01 left.
But the Streaks answered with four straight points, and held on from there.
Columbian graduate Megan Miller had 18 points off the bench for HU. She also tied for the team high with five rebounds.