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Widener pulls away for win

Kim Acton © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kim Acton © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Second-half burst propels Pride to 70-56 victory over McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Joanna Persiano led all scorers with 18 points, including hitting four 3-pointers, to pace Widener in a 70-56 non-conference women's basketball victory over McDaniel in the consolation game of the McDaniel Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday.

Francesca Lee and Alyssa Wiggins added 13 points apiece for the Pride (3-1), who used a 23-7 run to turn a one-point advantage into a 57-40 lead with 9:21 to play.

Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) led the Green Terror (0-2) with 14 points, six rebounds and four steals while Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown), who was named to the all-tournament team, added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Baskets from Vanessa Hejnas and Francesca Lee staked Widener to a 4-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game before Acton hit a free throw and Thompson hit a layup to trim the deficit to 4-3 with 16:53 showing.

With her team clinging to a 5-4 lead, Persiano canned a triple to spark an 18-4 stretch over a 4-minute, 56-second span to give the visitors a 23-8 lead with 9:59 on the clock.

Two free throws each from Kelsey Franklin (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) and Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) trimmed the deficit to nine 50 seconds later.

With her team trailing 32-19, Acton drained McDaniel's lone 3-pointer of the season to date with 3:22 on showing to spark an 11-2 run that trimmed the deficit to 34-30 at the intermission.

An Acton layup and Thompson free throw made it a 34-33 but Thompson missed the second free throw that would have tied the game and Jennifer Egee canned one of 11 Pride triples to ignite the game-clinching run.

A Thompson layup with 3:29 to play made it a 63-54 game but the Green Terror could get no closer the rest of the way.

Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for McDaniel.

The Green Terror returns to action at home in the Centennial Conference opener against Ursinus on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.