Davault vaults WBB to big win

Maggie Davault (12) buries her fifth of six 3-pointers. (Photo by Heidelberg Athletics)
Maggie Davault (12) buries her fifth of six 3-pointers. (Photo by Heidelberg Athletics)

TIFFIN -- During a quiet lull in the third quarter of Wednesday's game, John Carroll women's basketball coach Kelly Marrone loudly asked her team, "She's got 26 points -- do you think she's going to keep shooting? I would."

The "she" in question? Heidelberg University junior Maggie Davault, who had just scored 10 straight in the third quarter.

Davault's career-high lifted the Student Princes to a critical 79-72 OAC victory over JCU. With a hand in her face the rest of the way, she finished with those 26 points as Heidelberg improved to 5-7, 2-3 in the OAC. John Carroll fell to 3-8, 1-4 in conference play.

"Maggie is a competitor -- and she wanted to find a way to win," said Heidelberg head coach Morgan Harrigan. "She has stepped up as a leader, holding her teammates accountable."

The memorable night for Davault was buoyed by the first career double-double by Theresa Jackson (18 points, 13 rebounds) and a career-high 16 points by Maddi Stiles.

Playing for the first time in the new year, neither team appeared rusty offensively in the early going. John Carroll lead 24-22 after one period.

Turnovers plagued the Tricolor all game, most notably in the second quarter as JCU built an 11-point lead with 4:41 remaining in the half. A 7-0 HU run helped the Student Princes remain close, but the visitors jogged to the locker room with a 41-34 cushion.

Davault hit two of her six 3-pointers in a personal 10-0 run in the third. Her outburst turned a five-point deficit into a five-point lead. With the score tied at 46, the Orrville native drained an off-balance runner in the paint then stepped into a 3-pointer on the next possession.

Trailing 53-48 after the third, JCU would get to within two in the fourth quarter at 57-55. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Stiles and Cassidy Frank helped the Student Princes push out to a comfortable lead. HU led by as many as 11, though late 3-pointers by the Blue Streaks helped trim the lead before the final buzzer sounded.

"Our guards stepped up today and knocked down shots today," said Harrigan. "We turned the ball over too much, but we won the rebounding battle by 19 tonight, which helped counter that."

Heidelberg turned the ball over 21 times, but won on the glass by a 49-30 margin.

With six triples, Davault was one 3-pointer shy of tying the Heidelberg single-game record. Harrigan holds the record with seven, which she set in 2007. The last Student Princes to hit six 3-pointers in a contest were Kathleen Phillips and Megan Miller, who each accomplished the feat in 2012 vs. Ohio Northern.

Heidelberg returns to action at home on Saturday. The Student Princes welcome in Muskingum University (8-4, 4-1 OAC) for a 3 p.m. tip.