Second half propels McDaniel to victory

Allie Eader © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Allie Eader © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Thompson nets third straight 20-point game to down York

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) netted 16 of her game-high 20 points in the decisive second half to lift McDaniel to a 56-47 victory over York (Pa.) in non-conference women's basketball action on Monday.

Whitney added her eighth career double-double and third of the season for the Green Terror (7-14) with 14 points and 16 rebounds while Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) added 10 points.

For Thompson, it was her third 20-point performance in as many games.

Brittany Hicks led the Spartans (11-10) with 18 points while Kristen Haley chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds. Jaimie Sapp added 10 points.

Knotted for the 14th time in the game at 41-all, Snoops hit a jumper with 5:46 on the clock to spark the game-clinching 8-0 run over the game's next 1:56.

Acton added a jumper and Thompson contributed four during the run.

York closed to within 51-47 on a Haley layup with 1:41 to play but Thompson hit a jumper at the other end and Thompson and Snoops combined to drain three of their four free-throw attempts in the final minute for the largest lead by either team all night.

The first half featured 11 ties and five lead changes with an 8-4 McDaniel advantage with 15:24 on the clock as the only lead of larger than two points through the first 20 minutes.

Tied at 24-all, Acton sank both ends of a 1-and-1 with 7.1 seconds on the clock to give the hosts a two-point advantage entering the locker room.

A pair of Hicks free throws in the first 27 seconds of the second half knotted the game once again before Snoops and Haley traded jumpers in the lane to keep it a 28-all game.

With 17:58 showing, Thompson converted a layup off one of Allie Eader's (Frederick, Md./Linganore) career-high eight assists to spark a 7-0 burst over the next 1 minute, 15 seconds.

Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) stretched the lead to 41-33 with 9:28 to play but the Spartans reeled off the game's next eight points to even the game for the final time.

The Green Terror returns to action at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.