Bears build 13-point first-half lead, holds off Green Terror rally for win in CC opener
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Lindsay Teuber recorded 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead Ursinus to a 70-59 victory over McDaniel in the Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball opener for both teams on Tuesday.
Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) led the Green Terror (0-3, 0-1 CC) with a career-high 19 points while Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) reached double figures for the second straight game with 12 points.
Jaclyn Hilf and Devin Butchko also reached double figures for the Bears (3-1, 1-0 CC), scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench.
After McDaniel took its first lead of the season at 3-0 early in the game, Diamond Lewis hit the second of two free throws and Kristy George canned a 3-pointer to give the visitors a 4-3 advantage with 17:49 showing in the first half.
Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) hit a free throw of her own to tie the game at 4-all.
Tied at 6-all with 15:09 to play, Teuber hit a layup after a 3-minute, 4-second drought by both teams that gave Ursinus the lead for good.
Clinging to a 15-14 edge after a Snoops jumper at the 8:19 mark, Hilf drained a pair of free throws to spark a 7-0 burst that stretched the lead to 22-14 fewer than two minutes later.
A Butchko jumper in the final 30 seconds of the half gave the visitors its largest lead to that point at 38-25 entering the locker room.
Still with a 13-point advantage at 46-33 with 12:38 to play in the game, Adams hit a jumper to spark a 10-2 run that closed the deficit to five with 10:06 to play.
The Bears, however, countered with a game-clinching 12-2 run to push the lead out to 60-45 with 5:58 showing.
Snoops added nine rebounds while Acton contributed three assists and a career-best five steals. Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) chipped in five points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Green Terror returns to action at Swarthmore on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.