WESTMINSTER, Md. – Haverford scored all seven points in overtime to take a 50-43 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory over McDaniel on Thursday.
Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) and Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) led the Green Terror (7-7, 4-6 CC) with 12 points apiece while Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) added nine points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Calla Miller and Elizabeth Lynch paced the Fords (10-3, 6-3 CC) with 10 points each while Dominique Meeks added nine points and 12 rebounds to go with four steals.
Trailing 43-25 after a Victoria Sobocinski layup with 9:36 remaining in regulation, McDaniel held Haverford off the scoreboard for the next 11 minutes, 4 seconds to force its first overtime game of the season.
Entering the game averaging 15.9 points per game, Perez was held scoreless for the game's first 30:52 before hitting the second of two free throws to spark the run.
Wingerd and Rybak each scored baskets to close the deficit to 43-30 with 7:05 to play before Perez canned triples on back-to-back possessions to make it a 43-36 game with 5:57 remaining.
A Wingerd jumper trimmed the margin to five with 3:40 showing before Perez hit two free throws 1:48 later.
Out a timeout with 17.1 seconds to play, Perez threw a shot at the rim from the left wing that bounced off the rim and backboard before finally going through with 12.3 seconds showing to tie the game and Wingerd blocked a Meeks game-winning attempt from short range in the waning seconds to force overtime.
Miller finally broke the drought for her team, hitting a jumper with 3:32 remaining. Pizzuto added a 3-pointer with 1:35 on the clock and Miller canned a pair of free throws with 37.8 seconds on the clock for the win.
Rachel Baskin staked the Fords to an early 2-0 lead before Kelsey Franklin (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) hit a free throw to slice the deficit in half with 18:14 to play in the opening half.
Rybak gave the hosts a 3-2 lead with 16:37 on the clock before the Fords reeled off the game's next 13 points to take a 15-3 lead with 11:54 remaining. Miller had four points during the stretch.
Trailing 19-9, Wingerd hit a jumper with 4:58 showing to spark a quick 8-0 burst that trimmed the deficit to two just 2:28 later.
Haverford stretched the lead back to 24-19 at the break.
Rybak made it a three-point game just 42 seconds into the second half before the Fords went on a 19-4 run to swell the lead to its largest of the game.
Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) recorded three points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals.
McDaniel returns to action at Ursinus on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.