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Perez tallies career-high 23 in opener

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

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel used a 12-2 run early in the first half to race out to a 10-point lead and never looked back en route to a 95-75 victory over Emory & Henry in the first round of the 2012 McDaniel Tip-Off Tournament in season-opening women's basketball action on Friday.

Sophomore Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) netted a career-high 23 points to pace the Green Terror (1-0), adding four assists and four steals without a turnover. Three other McDaniel players reached double figures. Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) established a high with 17 points. Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) added 14 while Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) added 13 points off the bench in her collegiate debut.

McDaniel will take on Widener in Saturday's championship game. The Pride defeated Delaware Valley 78-53 in the night's second first-round game.

Michelle Williams led the Wasps (0-1) with 17 points. Jalan McPherson and Kristie Langley also reached double figures with 15 and 12, respectively.

Perez opened the game with an old-fashioned three-point play, converting from McMaster right off the opening tip.

Karina Farr helped Emory & Henry fight back to even at 6-all with a layup at the 16:50 mark.

Davis responded on the other end with her first collegiate points – a 3-poiner to give McDaniel the lead for good and spark the 12-2 run.

Four different players contributed to the stretch that gave the hosts an 18-8 lead with 13:03 on the clock.

An Emilee Bosley (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) jumper capped another 13-1 burst that pushed the advantage to 33-13 with 8:04 to play in the opening half.

Perez gave the Green Terror its largest lead of the first half, canning a triple with 41 seconds to play before Valerie Beale hit a layup at the other end to make it a 51-32 game at the break.

A McMaster layup with 16:44 showing in the second half gave McDaniel its largest lead at 60-34 en route to the 20-point win.

The 95 points scored were the most by the Green Terror since a 95-85 win at Franklin & Marshall on Feb. 14, 2006.

Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) added a team-high eight rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) added four assists and a career-best eight steals without a turnover. The eight swipes was the most by a Green Terror player since Debbie Shockley's program-record 14 against Misercordia on Dec. 7, 1991.

Game time on Saturday is 3 p.m.


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Rybak named All-CC
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Rybak pours in 22
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Perez scores 13
February 4, 2013 Perez scores 13
Rybak nets 18
February 2, 2013 Rybak nets 18
Perez tallies 19
January 31, 2013 Perez tallies 19
Rybak scores 16
January 29, 2013 Rybak scores 16
Perez tallies 11
January 21, 2013 Perez tallies 11
Perez scores 19
January 17, 2013 Perez scores 19
Davis fills stat sheet
January 15, 2013 Davis fills stat sheet
Perez nets 17
January 8, 2013 Perez nets 17
Wingerd records 10 and 11
January 5, 2013 Wingerd records 10 and 11
McMaster records 13 and 6
December 15, 2012 McMaster records 13 and 6
Wingerd records 14
December 6, 2012 Wingerd records 14
Wingerd records double-double
November 29, 2012 Wingerd records double-double
Taylor records 20 and 10
November 27, 2012 Taylor records 20 and 10
Perez scores 16
November 20, 2012 Perez scores 16
Wingerd tallies eight, 15, six
November 17, 2012 Wingerd tallies eight, 15, six