First-half run proves difference

Whitney Snoops © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Whitney Snoops © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Muhlenberg builds 18-point halftime lead en route to victory over McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Alexandra Chili and Kelly McKeon led a balanced Muhlenberg attack with 10 points apiece in a 67-42 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory over McDaniel on Saturday.

Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led the Green Terror (7-16, 5-13 CC) with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) added 10 points.

Alita Zabrecky chipped in nine points for the Mules (17-5, 14-4 CC), who clinched a first-round bye for the upcoming CC tournament, which will be held on Johns Hopkins in two weeks.

Behind a Snoops jumper and Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) three-point play, McDaniel built a 5-0 lead before Kathleen Nadaff hit a layup and Leeanna Lanza converted two free throws to pull the visitors within 5-4 with 17:19 to play.

Snoops pushed the lead back to three with a jumper at the 15:23 mark but McKeon hit putback jumpers on back-to-back Muhlenberg possessions to spark an 18-2 run that included 14 straight points after Snoops gave the hosts their final lead at 9-8 with 14:01 on the clock.

Two Acton free throws broke a 7-minute, 21-second scoring drought and Kate Zimmer (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) hit a layup with 5:40 on the clock to close the deficit to 24-13.

A Sheila Cook free throw pushed the lead back to 12 before Zimmer hit a midrange jumper to make it a 10-point game with 4:23 to play in the first half.

The Mules, however, tallied 10 of the final 12 points in the first half to push the lead to 35-17 at the break.

A Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) free throw and Snoops jumper trimmed the margin to 15 before the first minute of the second half had elapsed before six straight Muhlenberg points stretched the lead to 20 for the first time.

A Stephanie Fish (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) trimmed the deficit to 54-38 with 7:53 remaining but that's as close as McDaniel would get down the stretch.

McDaniel returns to action at Washington (Md.) on Monday. Game time is 6 p.m.