Swarthmore shoots to 82-65 win over McDaniel

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – All five Swarthmore starters finished in double figures led by a double-double performance from Kathryn Stockbower to down McDaniel 82-65 in Centennial Conference (CC) women’s basketball action on Tuesday.

            Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) led the Green Terror (5-6, 3-3 CC) with 15 points, four assists and three steals while Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) added 10 points and four steals.
            Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) chipped in 12 points and a team-best eight rebounds off the bench.
            Stockbower finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Garnet (7-6, 4-2 CC), who also got 15 points apiece from Pamela Costello, Melissa Grigsby and Ceylan Bodur. Sarah Miller-Walfish added 12 points to round out the starting five.
            After two Lyles free throws staked McDaniel to an advantage 31 seconds into the contest, Grisby hit a 3-pointer nearly 50 seconds later to spark an 18-6 run over the next 4:30 to give Swarthmore a lead it would not relinquish.
            Bodur hit the first of her three triples as part of her seven points during the stretch.
            A Lauren Wyble (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) jumper with 10:17 remaining in the opening half closed the deficit to 22-18 but the Garnet got treys from Nicole Rizzo and Bodur to stretch the lead to double digits for the first time.
            A 7-0 Green Terror run in the final 1:02 of the stanza closed the gap to 39-36 at the intermission but Swarthmore countered with 11 of the second half’s first 13 points to open up a 12-point advantage that was never challenged.
            The Garnet, despite turning the ball over nine more times than the Green Terror (24-15) and attempting eight fewer free throws (34-26), outrebounded the visitors by 10 (43-33) – 35 of which came on the defensive end.
            McDaniel returns to action at home against Washington (Md.) on Thursday. Game time is 6 p.m.