02/03/2013 – The women's basketball team used an Allison Heberlein three point make in the games final moments to upend Northwestern Ohio 57-54. The victory evened the Saints record at 12-12 on the season and to 8-10 in the WHAC, while the Racers fell to 6-12 in league play and to 9-17 overall. Aquinas remains in a tie for seventh place in the WHAC with UM Dearborn with four games to play.
At this point in the season all games are pivotal, but this one in particular was a must win for both parties involved. The two squads were jockeying for one of the final spots in the upcoming tournament. A victory for the Saints would allow them to control their fate the rest of the way.
The first half saw a quick early surge by the Racers. The early execution gave Northwestern Ohio a 15-8 lead with just over ten minutes to play in half number one. The remainder of the half was one-sided the opposite direction as the Saints closed the half a 19-5 run to open a 27-20 lead at halftime.
The Saints extended the lead to as many as nine in the dawning stages of the second half. A 9-0 ambush by the Racers over the next four minutes tied the game at 35. The remainder of the game was hotly contested as neither team built an advantage larger than three points. Eight lead changes and five ties later the game still hung in the balance until an Allison Heberlein three point attempt found nothing but the bottom of the net with eleven seconds to play. The conversion proved to be the game winner as the Saints held onto a key home victory 57-54.
Allison Heberlein led the Saints with 19 points, while Chelsea Matley kept the game tight with her second half heroics. Matley recorded 15 points, six rebounds and three steals in the victory. The sophomore from Kalkaska hit big shot after big shot during the crucial stages of half number two. The Saints controlled the boards 49-31 and saw big dividends turned in by Carley Bardwell who was credited with nine points and ten rebounds.
The Saints will now travel across town to battle Cornerstone (16-10, 10-8) on Wednesday night.