TOWSON, Md. – Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) and Kim Staub (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) each tallied 18 points to lead McDaniel to an 81-66 victory over Goucher in non-conference action on Thursday.
The Green Terror (14-10), who tallied a season-high 81 points in the victory, reached the 70-point mark for the fourth time in the last five games after only reaching 70 three times over the first 19 contests of the season.
Elizabeth von Ende paced the Gophers (5-18) with 17 points while Kelsey Myette and Amber Smith tallied 13 and 11, respectively.
Trailing 14-11 with 12:10 remaining in the first half on a single von Ende free throw, Moreland hit back-to-back 15-foot jumpers from the left wing to spark a 12-0 run that gave McDaniel a 23-14 lead with 7:37 to play.
Goucher tallied the next six points to close within 23-20, including layups off consecutive Green Terror turnovers.
A Moreland layup on the break and three free throws stretched the lead back to eight with 4:16 remaining in the stanza.
Five free throws and a slashing Smith layup trimmed the deficit to 28-27 but McDaniel netted 10 of the game’s next 13 points to push the lead back to eight before a Smith driving layup in the final three seconds made it a 38-32 game at the intermission.
A von Ends 3-pointer out 24 seconds out of the break closed the deficit to three but the Green Terror put together a 13-4 stretch over the next nearly seven minutes to stretch the lead to 51-39.
An Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) layup with 11:21 to play stretched the lead to as many as 15 at 56-41 before a Kiara Doughty layup and Myette triple pulled the Gophers within 10.
Two Lauren Wyble (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) free throws pushed the lead back to 12 but von Ende responded with a 3-pointer to close Goucher within single digits but Staub hit a trey in the left corner to open a 61-49 advantage with 9:14 to play and starting a 13-3 run over the next 3 minutes, 19 seconds.
Five points from Moreland and three from Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) keyed the burst that swelled the lead to its largest of the game, 71-52.
Behind four points from Staub, McDaniel opened the game with six of the first eight points.
Trailing 8-5, the Gophers tallied nine of the next 12 to take its 14-11 lead.
Snoops added 10 points and nine rebounds while Lyles had 11 points. Moreland added three assists and four steals.
The Green Terror, who has clinched a berth in next week’s CC tournament, concludes the regular season at Gettysburg on Saturday. A McDaniel victory will ensure the Green Terror a first-round bye while a loss will mean the squad has to play in the opening round on Wednesday. Game time on Saturday is 4 p.m.