Phillips nets HU scoring record in Shriver’s winning debut

HIRAM – Kathleen Phillips scored an emotional school-record 40 points in Morgan Shriver’s coaching debut Friday as Heidelberg’s women beat Pitt-Greensburg 83-79 at the Hiram Tip-Off Tournament.

Phillips’ point total bettered by three the single-game mark held by three former players and came in the first game after her father, Gary Phillips, died.

“My dad taught me everything about basketball,” said Phillips in a release from the school. She has dedicated her senior season to him. “He means the world to me. It was nice to do this for him.”

Phillips had a pair of 36-point games in her career before finally taking over the single-game mark for the Student Princes in their season-opener.

Becky Putnam netted 37 in a game during the 1980-81 season, with Deidre Stauffer joining her one year later and Connie Stanford doing the same in the 1985-86 season.

The game doubled as the first career victory for Shriver, a first-year coach who graduated from Heidelberg in 2009.

“I think we all had the first-game jitters early because we have the pressure to do well this season,” she said. “Once we settled in, I think you could see how comfortable we looked.”

Paige Ricketts came off the bench to scored 12 points for Heidelberg and freshman Carli Patrick netted 14 in her collegiate debut.

Phillips also became the ninth player in program history to top 1,200 points. She now has 1,236.

“Philly is a quiet leader for our team,” Shriver said. “She got herself in shape this summer and has really focused on improving her play on the defensive end, as well.”