Phillips goes from one court to another

SMCC grad reflects on impressive career at Heidelberg University
Butch Wagner
Apr 14, 2014
While looking forward to the future, Kathleen Phillips reflected on her four years at Heidelberg University.

The 2010 St. Mary Central Catholic graduate was a four-year starter at Heidelberg as a member of the women’s basketball team.

Phillips had an outstanding career in which she was the leading scorer on her team three years and finished with 1,755 points to rank third on the school’s all-time point list. The record is 1,914, held by Rachel Poland (1998-2002).

Phillips scored 291 her freshman season, 444 as a sophomore and 461 as a junior before scoring 559 points this past season.

She was the top scorer in the Ohio Athletic Conference her sophomore and junior seasons with averages of 18.5 and 19.3 respectively — and finished second this past season despite an average of 22 points a game.

Phillips earned first-team all-OAC honors this year after a second-team spot as a junior. She became the first Heidelberg player since 2002 to earn a first-team OAC berth, and the eighth overall in the school’s woman’s basketball history.

More honors came her way when it was announced she had been made third-team all-Region by D3hoops.com . Heidelberg is a Division III program.    

One of the highlights came in the season opener against Pitt-Greensburg when she established a school single-game scoring mark with 40 points.

Phillips dedicated the senior season to her father, Gary, who passed away in June of 2013.

“I know he was pulling for me every time I went on the court,” she said. “I could feel his presence and I’m sure he helped me that night I got the record. There is a big difference between high school and college, and we had a close-knit group this past season when we qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in my four years.

“We were only 12-13, but that was a big improvement from the past,” Phillips added. “And our coach played a big role in helping me get through my last year”

Morgan Shriver, who took over the program this season, talked about the leader of her first team, primarily a young group overall .

“Kathleen earned the respect of her teammates, coaches and opponents through her hard work ethic and was deserving of the honor of making the all-OAC first team” Shriver said. “She was dedicated year-around to her development as a basketball player and a leader. Kathleen was in contention for Player of the Year honors in a conference that sent four teams to the NCAA tournament. That shows just how special of a player she has been”

“Kathleen is not only a great player, but an exceptional person,” she added. “As she graduates and moves on professionally, I have no doubts she will be successful in whatever she chooses”

Phillips will graduate from Heidelberg on May 11.

“That’s a big day for me, and I also have a job back home” said Phillips, a criminal justice major.

She has been hired as a probation officer, specializing in child support, in Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette’s office.