Second half rally leads Susquehanna to 78-68 victory over McDaniel in tournament championship

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Samantha Jansson tallied 15 points to lead Susquehanna to a 78-68 victory over McDaniel in the championship game of the 2008 Pepsi/Weis Markets Tip-Off Tournament in non-conference women’s basketball action on Sunday.

            The Crusaders (5-0) also got 15 points from Jennifer Butts while Rachael Hughes chipped in 13 to help rally the squad from a 33-32 halftime deficit to the 10-point win.
            Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) netted a game-high 19 to go with three rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Green Terror (1-1) to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) added eight points and seven rebounds to join Moreland on the all-tournament team.
            Trailing 35-32 off a Moreland jumper 34 seconds into the second half, Hughes hit back-to-back jumpers and Erika Barron drained a 3-pointer to account for a 7-0 run over a 1-minute, 17-second span.
            Moreland trimmed the deficit to 42-41 with 14:35 to play but Barron answered with another trey to re-establish the four-point lead.
            Snoops made it a 45-43 game before Susquehanna reeled off the next six points to stretch the lead to 51-43 with 11:35 on the clock.
            A Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) triple from the wing trimmed the deficit to 53-48 with 10:10 showing but the Crusaders responded with a 12-5 to push the lead to its largest point at 65-53 nearly five and a half minutes later.
            A Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) 3-pointer in the corner made it a 69-64 game with 1:23 on the clock but Susquehanna converted nine of its 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
            Behind four points from Lyles, the Green Terror opened the game on a 4-0 run.
            A Jansson layup pulled Susquehanna within 8-6 but five points from Moreland and a Grace layup stretched the lead to 15-8 with 13:31 to play in the first half.
            Trailing 19-12, the Crusaders tallied nine of the game’s next 11 points to knot the game for the first time at 21-all.
            Even at 29-all, Hughes hit the first of two free throws and Butts converted a jumper to give the hosts a 32-29 lead but Lyles and Lauren Wyble (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) each hit jumpers to give McDaniel a one-point edge at halftime.
            Mills finished with 11 points while Snoops chipped in nine points and nine rebounds.
            The Green Terror returns to action at Lebanon Valley on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.