Eighth-ranked Cougars open season with 90-47 over McDaniel
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Angelica Bermudez led five players in double figures with 14 points, pacing No. 8 Kean to a 90-47 victory over McDaniel in the first round of the McDaniel Tip-Off Tournament in non-conference women's basketball action on Friday.
With the victory, the Cougars (1-0) advance to Saturday's championship game against Juniata, which defeated Widener 68-60 in the night's other first-round game. The Green Terror (0-1) will entertain the Pride in the consolation game. The consolation game begins at 1 p.m. with the championship game to follow at 3 p.m.
Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) was the lone McDaniel player in double figures with 11 points.
Bermudez finished out a double-double with 11 rebounds while Tiffany Patrick matched her for game-high scoring honors. Naimah Clemons and Brittany Powell each tallied 13 points while Emily Cristaldi added 10.
For McDaniel, it was the first time the team allowed 90 points to an opponent since defeating Muhlenberg 103-100 in overtime on Jan. 17, 2004. It was also the most lopsided loss for the Green Terror since a 91-51 defeat at Elizabethtown on Feb. 20, 1993.
Noel Mathis and Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) traded jumpers in the first minute of the game before Kean put together a 15-3 run over a 4-minute, 51-second span to take a 17-5 lead with 13:54 to play in the first half.
A Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) jumper with 11:33 showing trimmed the deficit to 19-11 but Powell countered with a 3-pointer to ignite a 28-8 run that made it a 47-19 game with 57 seconds to play in the first half.
Kelsey Franklin (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) hit the first of two free throws in the final five seconds to make it a 47-20 game at the intermission but the Cougars extended the lead to 31 in the first 4:11 of the second half and gradually increased its margin, reaching a 41-point edge with 2:30 to play.
Allie Eader (Frederick, Md./Linganore) finished with four assists and two blocked shots in her debut at the point. Rybak finished with eight points. Thompson added six rebounds.