Dickinson works OT for 68-64 victory

Cara Thompson © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Cara Thompson © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Red Devils win at McDaniel for first time since 2006

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Taylor Miller finished with nine points. However, all nine came in the final 20.1 seconds of regulation and overtime, including her team's final four in the last 1:03 of overtime that lifted Dickinson to a 68-64 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Thursday.

Alesha Sisco led the Red Devils (3-2, 1-2 CC) with 23 points, including a perfect 13-for-13 showing from the free-throw line, while Carole Dempsey and Dana Walsh also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) netted a career- and game-high 24 points to paced the Green Terror (0-5, 0-3 CC), who matched its worst start in program history. The 1977-78 squad also started the season 0-5.

In a game that featured 15 ties and 13 lead changes, one of the CC's top rivalries needed overtime to reach a conclusion for the first time since 1996 and was decided by fewer than six points for the ninth time since the 91-88 Green Terror win on Jan. 10, 1996.

With 20.1 seconds remaining in regulation, Miller reestablished a two-point Dickinson edge with a pair of free throws when she was fouled on the way to the basket late in the shot clock.

At the other end, McDaniel called timeout with 13.5 seconds showing and Thompson was fouled on the way to the bucket with 2.9 seconds to play. The senior sank both attempts and a pair of Red Devils attempts in the final two seconds were denied to head to overtime knotted at 56-all.

Miller gave Dickinson a one-point just 17 seconds into the extra period with the first of two free throws before hitting a jumper on the next Red Devil possession to stretch the lead to three with 4:00 to play.

Thompson responded 20 seconds later and Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) gave the hosts a one-point advantage off a Thompson dish at the 3:05 mark.

A Lindsay Finnerty steal, layup and free throw gave Dickinson a 62-60 lead with 2:42 on the clock.

Two Thompson free throws 13 seconds later knotted the game for the 15th time.

A Dempsey baseline jumper gave the Red Devils a 64-62 advantage with 2:03 to play.

After a kickball with the shot clock inside five seconds reset it to 15 seconds, Miller banked home an 18-footer at the buzzer for a 66-62 lead a minute later.

Thompson pulled the hosts back within two with 30.0 second on the game clock but Miller sank both free throws with 12.1 seconds on the clock for the final margin.

Trailing 6-4 on a Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) jumper with 16:44 on the clock, Sisco responded on the ensuing Red Devil possession to tie the game a spark a 10-2 stretch that gave her team a 14-8 advantage with 9:19 on the clock.

The Green Terror went 1-for-11 during a nearly nine-minute stretch before two Thompson baskets and a Larsen jumper in a 1-minute, 18-second span knotted the game at 14-all.

The teams traded baskets through the remainder of the half before an Allie Eader (Frederick, Md./Linganore) layup gave McDaniel a 22-20 edge at the break.

A Thompson layup and two Eader free throws pushed the advantage to six in the first 1:09 of the second half before Dickinson closed the gap to one with 17:12 to play in regulation.

The Green Terror maintained its advantage before a pair of Sisco free throws at the 11:54 mark capped a 6-0 burst for a 32-31 Red Devil lead.

Two more Sisco free throws with 8:57 showing stretched the lead to as many as six before McDaniel reeled off six straight points to even the game at 41-all.

Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) reached double figures for the fourth straight game with 10 points.

As a team, Dickinson converted 27 of 30 free throws while McDaniel was 12-for-15 from the stripe.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.