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.