February 1, 2012

Rybak nets career-best 20

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel used an 18-4 run to open the second half, turning a one-point halftime edge into a 15-point lead to key a 60-54 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory over Dickinson on Wednesday.

Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) paced the Green Terror (9-11, 6-10 CC) with a game- and career-high 20 points on 9-for-20 shooting. Kelsey Franklin (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) added a career-best nine points to go with four rebounds.

Bridget Borgese led the Red Devils (2-18, 2-13 CC) with 18 points, that included hitting 14 of her 15 free-throw attempts. Belma Mekic added 14 points.

In a first half that featured eight ties and six lead changes, McDaniel's Emillee Bosley (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) drained a 3-pointer in the final 30 seconds of the stanza to put her team on top, 29-28.

Franklin continued that momentum into the second half with a second-chance layup that sparked the 7-minute, 1-second run that extended the advantage to 15.

Rybak contributed seven points during the stretch while Franklin had five and Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) had four.

A Nikki Ostrow (Silver Spring, Md./Blake) layup on the break stretched the lead to as many as 16 at 51-35 with 9:31 to play before two Borgese free throws ignited a 15-4 run that closed the deficit to five just 5:28 later.

Dickinson went 11-for-14 from the charity stripe during the span.

Mekic was fouled on a 3-point attempt and converted two of her three tries from the line to close the margin to 57-54 with 1:33 to play before Rybak hit a jumper in the final 27 seconds and Wingerd sealed the win with a 1-for-2 showing from the line with 4.7 seconds on the clock.

Neither team built a lead of bigger than four in the first half.

Back-to-back jumpers from Kelsey Barclay and Mekic gave the Red Devils an early 10-6 lead before five straight points from Rybak gave McDaniel its first lead with 11:44 to play.

Two Stephanie Fish (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) free throws and a Meg Biggart (Darien, Conn./Darien) jumper gave the Green Terror a 15-12 advantage with 10:02 on the clock.

Wingerd finished with seven points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) added five pints, four assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Biggart chipped in four points, three assists, two steals and a career-best seven rebounds. Katherine Restrepo (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) pulled down a career-high six boards.

McDaniel returns to action at Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

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Rachael Rybak talks about getting a win and riding the momentum to a longer winning streak.

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