Perez runs streak to 17

Steph Perez  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Steph Perez 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Washington (Md.) built a 32-10 halftime lead en route to a 61-44 win over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Thursday.

Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) led the Green Terror (7-10, 4-9 CC) with 10 points.

Latisha Pledger led four players in double digits for the Shorewomen (11-5, 6-5 CC), recording 15 points. Kelly Mitchell and Sally O'Donnell added 11 each while Erin Kile added 11 points, in holding McDaniel.

Behind four points from Pledger and a Sally O'Donnell long jumper, Washington jumped out to a 6-0 lead, forcing a Green Terror timeout 3:08 into the contest.

Perez broke up an 0-for-7 start by McDaniel from the floor to close the deficit to 6-2 with 16:03 on the clock.

Ignited by back-to-back layups from Pledger, the Shorewomen tallied the game's next nine points over a 3-minute, 33-second span to open up a 15-2 advantage with 12:08 to play.

Two straight 3-pointers from Mitchell forced extended the run to 20-4 and make it a 20-point game with 7:42 to play in the first half.

Another Mitchell triple capped a stretch of 13 straight points before a Nikki Piper (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) baseline jumper snapped a span of seven minutes without a point, making it a 30-8 game with 4:11 to play in the opening half.

The Shorewomen extended the lead to as many as 29 on a Pledger free throw with 10:15 to play before Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) hit the second of two free throws and Perez scored four straight points to trim the deficit to 45-21 and run her streak to 17 straight games in double figures with 8:32 remaining.

Points from five different McDaniel players accounted for a 12-2 burst that made it a 55-36 game with 3:31 to play – the first time in the second half the lead was fewer than 20 points.

Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) finished with seven points, six rebounds and three assists. Piper added seven points and four rebounds for the Green Terror, who shot 29.3 percent from the floor, including 0-for-12 from 3-point range.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.