WESTMINSTER, Md. – Steph Perez's (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) 14th point of the game capped a furious 9-1 rally, propelling McDaniel to a 77-76 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory over Swarthmore on Tuesday.
Stephanie Fish (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) led the Green Terror (4-1, 2-0 CC) with team and career highs of 16 points and nine rebounds.
Katie Lytle and Elle Larsen paced the Garnet (3-2, 1-1 CC) with 22 and 21 points, respectively.
Trailing by 15 as late as 11:48 to play, McDaniel rallied to overcome its first second-half deficit of double digits to win since Feb. 2, 2011 against Dickinson.
The Green Terror trimmed the deficit to six on six occasions over the next 8:24 that was sparked by a 9-0 run produced by the two Stephanies. Fish hit a pair of layups and then Perez scored five straight to get the hosts as close as it had been since it was 28-23 with 8:15 showing in the first half.
Despite the push, the deficit dipped under six just three times before the final 2:42.
After Kayla Moritizky made it a 72-65 game, hitting a pair of free throws with 3:24 showing, an Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) steal-and-layup trimmed the deficit to five.
Fish made it a four-point game with a single free throw after an intentional foul gave her two free throws and the Green Terror possession.
After the team's 30th turnover of the night, Moritzky stretched the lead back to seven with a triple at the 1:37 mark.
Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) countered with a layup to trim the deficit to 75-70 with 1:19 showing.
After the Garnet missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 56.8 to play, Eader canned a triple from the left wing to make it a two-point game with 32.2 seconds on the clock.
Brittany Schmelz made the first of two free throws just 1.5 seconds later and Emillee Bosley (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) made her only shot of the game – a 3-pointer in the left corner to tie the game with 18.2 seconds showing.
The Green Terror forced a turnover in the Swarthmore backcourt and Perez drove to the basket, drawing a foul.
She missed the first one with 7.9 seconds on the clock but calmly sank the second one and McDaniel forced the Garnet's game-winning 15-foot attempt to come up short and Eader corralled the rebound as the clock expired.
Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) staked the Green Terror to a 2-0 advantage just 50 seconds into the game but Eliza Polli countered with a triple and the visitors led until the final eight seconds.
Larsen capped an 11-0 run that stretched the lead to 11-2 with just 4:24 elapsed.
The lead fluctuated between four and nine points until Wingerd capped an 8-1 McDaniel burst that made it 23-21 with 9:34 to play in the opening half.
Polli responded with another triple to ignite a 10-2 burst that pushed the lead to double digits for the first time 1:50 later.
A Lytle layup stretched the first half lead as high as 42-26 before a pair of Nikki Ostrow (Silver Sping, Md./Blake) free throws and a Katherine Restrepo (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) layup trimmed the halftime margin to 12.
The Garnet pushed the lead to 15 at three points in the second half before the Green Terror's final rally.
Rybak finished with 13 points while Wingerd had nine points and eight rebounds. Eader chipped in five points and six assists.
McDaniel returns to action at Dickinson on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.