January 4, 2012

Perez tallies another 16

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Clinging to a one-point lead, Ursinus used a 20-5 second-half run to seal a 68-54 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Wednesday.

Coming off a 18-day break, Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) continued the hot start to her career, netting 16 points to pace the Green Terror (7-4, 4-3 CC), who spotted the Bears (5-6, 4-2 CC) an 11-0 lead before erasing a 17-point first-half deficit just 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

Lindsay Teuber led Ursinus with 19 points and 17 rebounds, recording a double-double in the first half. Kristy George and Alli Rosati also reached double figures, netting 17 and 15 points, respectively.

Trailing 33-30 at halftime, Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) drained a 3-pointer to open the second half and tie the game for the second and final time.

Amber Yacenda, who scored all seven of her points in the first 5:03 of the second half, responded with a trey of her own and the Bears didn't trail the rest of the way.

Rosati stretched the lead to five with just 1:11 elapsed in the stanza before Perez registered her only two points of the second half with a pair of free throws 17 seconds later.

Two George jumpers around a pair of Yacenda free throws stretched the lead to 44-35 with 17:04 to play.

Six straight points from Stephanie Fish (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) trimmed the deficit to three with 15:32 showing.

A Nikki Piper (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) jumper in the paint closed the deficit to 48-47 with 12:03 to play before five straight points from Teuber ignited the game-clinching run.

A Rosati jumper capped the nearly eight-and-a-half minute burst, hitting a jumper with 3:35 on the clock.

Two Rybak free throws with 1:53 on the clock gave her nine points and set the final margin.

Teuber, George and Rosati accounted for all 11 points in Ursinus' run over the game's first 6:22.

Two Perez free throws with 12:57 on the clock finally got McDaniel on the board.

A Teuber putback stretched the lead to 25-8 with 8:44 to play before Rybak hit a jumper with 8:26 remaining to start the 19-2 rally.

Perez canned a 3-pointer and Rybak hit a jumper to close the deficit to 10 before Teuber scored for the Bears' lone two points of the stretch with 6:13 showing.

Two Perez triples around baskets from Wingerd and Katherine Restrepo (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) trimmed the deficit to 27-25 before Restrepo completely erased the deficit with a fast-break layup at the 2:36 mark.

Four straight Teuber points and a Rosati layup pushed the Ursinus lead back to six but Perez got her own rebound and just beat the first-half buzzer with a layup while getting fouled. She hit the ensuing free throw with no time on the clock to make it a 33-30 halftime game.

Fish finished with 12 points. Wingerd led the Green Terror on the glass with eight boards while also dishing out four assists. Piper blocked a career-high four shots.

McDaniel returns to action at home against No. 10 Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

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