Green Terror nets first 12 en route to second straight big win
WESTMINSTER, Md. - Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) recorded 15 points, seven assists, three steals and two blocked shots to pace McDaniel in a 69-48 win over Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday.
The Green Terror (2-4, 2-2 CC) jumped on the Diplomats (5-1, 2-1 CC) early, tallying the game's first 12 points before the visitors finally broke up the shutout 5 minutes, 10 seconds into the game.
Alexa Barbush and Amy Chabitnoy netted 10 points apiece to lead Franklin & Marshall, which dropped its first game of the season after starting 5-0 for the first time since 1992-93.
McDaniel recorded assists on 24 of its 31 baskets, including seven helpers each from Moreland and Katelyn Fischer (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough). For Moreland, it was the second time in her career she had seven assists in a game while Fischer established a new best in her rookie season.
Using Fischer as the primary passer, the Green Terror had assists on each of its first six baskets, including four helpers from the freshman point guard. Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) had four points apiece while Moreland and Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) had two each.
The Diplomats closed to within 15-7 with 9:38 to play but another 18-8 run, capped by a Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) 3-pointer in the left corner, swelled the lead to 18 with 3:23 to play in the first half.
Holding a 37-22 halftime advantage, six straight McDaniel points stretched the lead to 43-22 with 17:08 to play.
A fast-break layup from Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida), Lyles jumper and Grace triple stretched the lead to 58-30 with 10:30 showing and the visitors got no closer than the final margin of 21.
Thompson finished with 10 points and six rebounds while Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) added eight points and a game-high seven boards off the bench.
Lyles contributed six points, six rebounds and two blocked shots while Mills had four points and career-high five assists.
McDaniel returns to action at Bryn Mawr on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.