Perez debuts with 14

Steph Perez 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel used a decisive 27-0 run to turn an early 4-0 deficit into 19-point advantage midway through the first half en route to an 81-42 non-conference women's basketball victory over Penn State-York on Wednesday.

Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East), playing in her first game for the Green Terror (1-0) led the way with 14 points. She also added four rebounds, three assists and three steals in the team's most lopsided victory since an 86-47 home win over Haverford on Dec. 8, 2007.

Hannah Kuhn led the Lions with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Kuhn and Amanda Ball staked Penn State-York to a 4-0 lead in the game's first 36 seconds before Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) got McDaniel on the board 47 seconds into the game.

Kuhn and Wingert exchanged baskets before a Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) putback tied the game at 6-all and sparked a 17-0 run over the game's next 4:46.

Angela Sacco (Linwood, N.J./Holy Spirit) had four of her eight points during the stretch that made it a 21-6 game with 12:55 showing.

A Perez 3-pointer made it a 20-point lead for the first time at 31-11 with 7:37 to play in the first half.

The Green Terror led by as many as 21 before taking a 43-25 lead into the locker room.

Ball scored on the Lions' first possession of the second half but McDaniel countered with the next 15 to stretch the lead to 58-27 with 16:00 to play.

Perez had five points during the stretch.

Six straight points from Penn State-York cut the deficit to 25 but the visitors could get no closer.

Karen Wearden (Denton, Md./Southern Garrett) made it a 40-point game with 1:59 to play before Kuhn hit a triple and Nikki Piper (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) closed the scoring with a jumper for the 39-point margin.

Stephanie Fish (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) finished with a career-best 10 points. Meg Biggart (Darien, Conn./Darien) dished out a career-high nine assists.

Wingerd finished her debut with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Rybak chipped in nine points and seven rebounds. Katherine Restrepo (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) added eight points off the bench.

McDaniel returns to action against Hollins in its own Tipoff Tournament on Friday. Game time is 6 p.m.

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Meg Biggart talks about the strong start to the season with a young team.

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