Perez scores 13
SWARTHMORE, Pa. – McDaniel went on a 13-4 run early in the second half to take a 50-42 lead and left Swarthmore with a 66-52 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory on Monday.
Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) led a balanced attack for the Green Terror (10-12, 7-10 CC), who had all five starters net nine or more points. Perez finished with 13 while Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) and Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) added 12 points each. Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) and Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) tallied nine each. Wingerd added 10 rebounds as part of a 42-35 advantage on the glass.
Elle Larsen netted 17 points to pace the Garnet (16-5, 12-4 CC), which entered the game in the top spot in the conference and able to lock up a playoff berth with a win. Instead, Swarthmore fell into a tie with Gettysburg for the top spot with four games to play. Katie Lytle added 15 points and 16 rebounds.
McDaniel remained mathematically alive for the final playoff spot with three games to play.
Trailing 37-30 at the break, Lytle hit a 3-pointer to key a 7-0 start to the second half.
McMaster reestablished the Green Terror's advantage, hitting a jumper with 15:32 to play.
Rybak extended the lead to 41-37 before Kayla Moritzky converted a three-point play to close the deficit to one with 14:28 remaining.
Rybak, however, countered with the game's next six points to push the lead back to its halftime margin just 56 seconds later.
Lytle trimmed the margin to five but Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) hit Perez on the break for a triple, pushing the lead to eight with 12:36 on the clock.
A Moritzky steal-and-layup closed the deficit back to six before Perez and Madeline Ross traded treys.
With 9:53 showing, however, Perez canned her third triple of the half and Wingerd added two free throws 34 seconds later to push the lead to double digits for the first time.
A McMaster free throw and Perez layup off a McMaster outlet pass gave McDaniel its largest lead at 61-47 with 4:52 to play.
A Lytle layup closed the margin to nine with 3:20 remaining but two Davis free throws put the lead back in double figures for the remainder of the game.
Eliza Polli and Davis traded layups in the game's first two minutes before Larsen converted a three-point play for a 5-2 lead with 17:37 showing in the first half.
Six straight Green Terror points, however, turned the three-point deficit into a three-point lead just 2:15 later.
A Polli 3-pointer capped a 10-4 burst that gave the Garnet a 22-17 lead with 9:51 to play in the opening stanza but two Wingerd free throws nearly a minute later and a Davis triple with 8:05 on the clock knotted the game.
Moritzky and Rybak exchanged jumpers before Davis hit a jumper with 5:13 to play, sparking a 13-4 stretch that gave the visitors a nine-point edge.
Larsen hit a layup with 1:44 to play to set the halftime margin at seven.
Davis added five assists to her 12 points. Eader finished with three helpers.
The Green Terror returns to action at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.