GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Jenna Swope hit a 3-pointer in the left corner with 13.3 seconds left to lift Gettysburg to a 43-41 victory over McDaniel on Saturday and to the top seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball tournament.
Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) led the Green Terror (11-14, 8-12 CC) with 22 points, capping her collegiate career with seven straight double-digit scoring outings.
Jessica Porter recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Bullets (19-6, 16-4 CC), who earned their first-ever CC regular-season title with the victory and a loss by Swarthmore to Haverford.
Trailing 37-30 on a Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) 3-pointer with 11:43 to play, Porter responded nearly 30 seconds later with a jumper.
Two free throws each from Caroline Murphy and Porter trimmed the deficit to one with 8:14 remaining.
With 5:56 showing, Porter hit a layup to give Gettysburg its first lead since 10:50 to play in the first half.
Rybak immediately put the Green Terror back in front but Murphy responded at the other end to make ita 40-39 game with 5:06 to play.
The two teams combined for an 0-for-8 stretch before Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) hit a reverse layup with 1:29 to play to put McDaniel back in front.
Off an inbounds play under the basket, Cori Younghans found a wide-open Swope in the left corner, who drained the 3-pointer for a two-point lead.
After a Bullet timeout, the hosts – whistled for only three team fouls to that point in the second half – elected to foul the Green Terror three times in the backcourt.
Finally inbounding on the sideline with 5.9 seconds left, McDaniel made its way up the court and Perez hit a wide-open Emilee Bosley (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) in the right corner. Her game-winning attempt bounced off front iron and fell to the floor.
Tied at 2-all, back-to-back Murphy baskets put Gettysburg in front 6-2 with 14:39 to play before Rybak hit her second jumper of the day to cut the deficit to two.
Porter responded with a triple before Rybak tallied nine of the game's next 12 points to give McDaniel a 13-12 lead on 13 straight Green Terror points from the senior.
A Perez layup stretched the lead to 15-12 before Porter canned another triple to knot the game at 15-all with 8:01 showing.
Lindsey Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) countered with a trey of her own for an 18-15 lead.
Porter closed the deficit to one but a jumper from Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) and Rybak 3-pointer gave the Green Terror a 23-17 lead with 5:18 on the clock.
Jumpers from McMaster and Wingerd pushed the lead to 10 en route to a 27-21 advantage at the break.
The Bullets netted the first five points of the second half to close the deficit to 27-26 with 16:58 to play before four straight points from Rybak and Perez bank 3-pointer reestablished an eight-point advantage two minutes later.
Gettysburg finished the game with a slim 42-41 advantage on the glass but a distinct advantage at the free-throw line. The Bullets were 10-for-16 from the charity stripe while the Green Terror was 0-for-1.
Wingerd the led the way on the glass with a game-high 11 rebounds. Perez added four assists to her eight points.