Rybak pours in 22
BALTIMORE, Md. - McDaniel put together a late 9-0 run to take a seven-point lead en route to a 57-50 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday.
Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) led the Green Terror (11-12, 8-10 CC) to its second straight victory with 22 points while Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) added 18 points. It was just the second time this season the squad won back-to-back games.
Alex Vassila paced the Blue Jays (13-10, 11-7 CC) with 18 points.
On the run after a rebound, Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) drove before kicking out to Rybak, who hit a 3-pointer to give McDaniel a 47-44 lead.
Off a Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) steal, Rybak hit a jumper for her 20th point of the night and a 49-44 advantage with 4:34 remaining.
Two Rybak free throws stretched the advantage to seven with 3:50 showing, capping a 2-minute, 11-second stretch.
Vassila snapped a 4-minute, 43-second scoring drought to close the deficit to 51-46 with 1:58 on the clock.
A Katie Clark steal-and-layup closed the deficit to 51-48 with 1:31 to play.
Off a missed free throw, Vassila corralled the rebound and converted a pair of free throws to close the deficit to one with 1:04 remaining.
Inbounding with 48.8 seconds, Perez found McMaster, who hit a driving layup with 44.0 seconds but could not convert the ensuing free throw.
After an offensive foul, Perez was fouled after the ensuing inbound and converted both free throws with 32.5 seconds remaining.
Two McMaster free throws with 21.6 seconds showing set the final margin.
After Vassila and Rybak traded a pair of free throws in the game's first 3:04, Rybak hit a pair of field goals to stake McDaniel to an 8-5 lead.
However, Sarah Higbee responded with a layup at the 14:50 mark, to spark a 12-0 run for a 17-8 lead with 11:37 to play.
Rybak hit the second of two free throws with 9:47 on the clock to snap a 5-minute, 14-second scoring drought.
A McMaster 15-footer snapped a drought from the floor of 6:02, closing the deficit to 19-11 with 8:59 showing.
A Jessica Brown 3-pointer extended the lead out to 22-11 with 7:38 on the clock.
Rybak hit a layup but missed the ensuing free throw to convert the three-point play. An offensive rebound gave the ball back to the Green Terror and Perez drained a deep 3-pointer to close the deficit to 26-18 with 3:57 to play en route to a 31-22 game at the break.
Triples from Rybak and Perez around a Vassila layup closed the deficit to 33-28 with 17:18 remaining in the second half.
An Eader 3-pointer and Rybak 17-foot jumper closed the deficit to 37-35 with 10:16 to play.
A Katie Clark 3-pointer 17 seconds later snapped a scoring drought of 3:17.
A Rybak jumper and two Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) free throws closed the margin to 40-39.
Two Vassilla free throws stretched the advantage to three before Perez canned a trey to knot the game at 42-all with 7:44 to play.
McDaniel returns to action in the home finale against Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.
Rachael Rybak chats with Tim Murray and Dave Trumbo following the win at Johns Hopkins.