WESTMINSTER, Md. – A 7-0 burst midway through the second half helped Widener regain control and defeat McDaniel 80-69 in the championship game of the 2012 McDaniel Tip-Off Tournament in women's basketball action on Saturday.
Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) registered 20 points for the second straight game to lead the Green Terror (1-1), tallying 20 points to give her a tournament-record 43 points in the first two games of the campaign.
Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) added 16 points off the bench to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) added eight points to go with career highs of 15 rebounds and six assists.
Kate Dellinger paced the Pride (2-0) with a double-double, registering 19 points and 12 rebounds. She joined Lil Carney, who tallied 12 points, on the all-tournament team. Jennifer Egee rounded out the trio of double-digit scorers with 16 points.
Trailing 23-21 on a Shelby Taylor (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) free throw with 11:45 to play in the first half, Egee responded with one of her three 3-pointers to give the visitors the lead for good.
An Egee layup and Joanna Persiano 3-pointer pushed the lead to 29-23 with 9:18 on the clock before Lauren Ballenger (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) snapped a 4-minute, 27-second drought from the floor with 8:12 remaining.
Perez closed the deficit to 32-31, hitting a jumper with 4:40 to play before Widener closed the half with 12 of the final 15 points, capped by a Carney layup in transition that beat the horn.
Five straight points from the Pride to open the second half extended the lead to 15 just 1:06 into the period.
Trailing 53-38 on a Francesca Lee jumper with 15:45 to play, Davis converted the first of her three traditional three-point plays just 17 seconds later to ignite an 18-4 run over the game's next 4:42. Davis capped it at the other end with a 3-pointer. The freshman contributed 14 points during the burst.
Five straight points from Dellinger, including a three-point play, pushed the lead back to six before Carney added a layup to complete a 7-0 burst over the next 64 seconds.
Ballenger drew the hosts back within 64-59 with 7:39 to play but they could get no closer.
The Green Terror opens the Centennial Conference schedule at Washington (Md.) on Tuesday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.