Heidelberg squeezes out OAC win over Yellow Jackets

BEREA — Brittanie Ulmer delivered for Heidelberg in the fourth quarter. The Student Princes’ defense did the rest.

With her team down a point at Baldwin Wallace and with 1:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, Ulmer connected on a 3-pointer that put Heidelberg ahead of the Yellow Jackets, 58-56.

Baldwin Wallace only was able to attempt one shot after Ulmer’s basket: A missed 3 by Gabby Garrett with 43 seconds left. Ulmer got the rebound, and Heidelberg survived with the two-point win.

Ulmer, who started and played 29 minutes, finished with six points on a pair of 3s. She also had six rebounds.

Heidelberg (3-3, 1-0 Ohio Athletic Conference) was paced by Alyssa Riley, who had 14 points. Madelyn Crawford added six points, nine rebounds and four blocks, while Seneca East graduate Megan Siesel registered nine points and four boards. Heidelberg, which had struggled to win in Berea for years, has now won two of the last three games it has played there.

The Student Princes had to shake off a rough start. Baldwin Wallace scored the game’s first five points, and opened leads of 8-2 and 13-5.

The Yellow Jackets led 15-8 after one period.

But Heidelberg recovered with a strong second quarter. A 15-7 Princes’ run was capped by a Maddi Stiles 3 with 2:07 left left in the half, and tied the game at 22. At the break, BW was clinging to a 27-26 lead.

The game was tight the rest of the way. Baldwin Wallace opened up 50-44 lead with 8 1/2 minutes left in regulation, but the Princes answered, taking a 55-54 edge on a Brooke Beamer 3 with 3:13 remaining.

Baldwin Wallace got 14 points from Hannah Fecht. She was the only Yellow Jacket to score in double figures. BW fell to 3-2, 0-1.

Princes upend Thunder

ANGOLA, Indiana — Phariz Watkins certainly knows how to make a first impression.

The Heidelberg freshman made his debut with the team Tuesday at Trine. He came off the bench.

He was a hit.

Watkins poured in a game-high 22 points, making 8 of 10 shots from the floor and going 3 for 3 from 3-point range as Heidelberg surged late and beat the Thunder, 86-69.

Watkins was far from the only Heidelberg standout against Trine. Rather, he was one of five Student Princes to score in double figures as the team improved to 3-2.

Alex Arellano — who like Watkins played in a reserve role — had 19 points and five rebounds, while Myron Prewitt and James Hanley had 11 points each and Kiere Bennie had 10. Chris Moxley added five points and six assists. Prince Benson — who played only 12 minutes — had three blocks to go with four points.

The Princes dominated the Thunder up front, outscoring them 46-26. Their bench had 45 points to Trine’s 20.

While the game ended as a blowout, it was close going into the second half. Heidelberg led 43-38 at the break and just 51-50 after Trine’s Jalen Paul buried a 3 with 14:27 left.

But Heidelberg dominated the final nine minutes, outscoring the Thunder 22-8.

Paul — who made 3 of 5 3-pointers — led the Thunder’s scoring with 17 points. Myles Copeland had 11 points and Langston Johnson had 10 as Trine fell to 1-4.