Nichols scores 16
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ursinus hit a runner in the lane to force overtime before prevailing in the extra session 82-79 to topple McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday.
Lindsey Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) led five players in double figures for the Green Terror (5-3, 2-2 CC) with a career-best 16 points to go with six rebounds. Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) added a season-best 14 points to go with three assists and four steals. Both players converted eight free throws in a game that featured 59 combined attempts from the charity stripe.
Diamond Lewis led the Bears (4-3, 3-2 CC) with 20 points, including hitting the shot to beat the final buzzer and send the game to overtime.
Trailing 68-66 after Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) hit the second of two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining in regulation, Lewis raced the length of the court and threw up a runner in the lane that went in and forced the extra session.
On a third attempt on the opening possession, Nichols was fouled and hit both free throws to put McDaniel back in front 48 seconds into overtime.
A Lewis three-point play gave Ursinus a one-point advantage 18 seconds later.
After Davis and Lewis exchanged layups, Davis hit the first of two free throws with 3:03 showing for the 16th tie of the game.
Caroline Shimrock and Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) each hit two free throws to even the game at 75-all.
A Shimrock jumper and Wingerd third-attempt layup gave the game its 18th tie before Shimrock barely beat an expiring shot clock to give Ursinus a 79-77 edge with 53 seconds left.
One Lewis free throw pushed the lead to three before Nichols hit both attempts from the charity stripe to make it a one-point game with 8.4 seconds left.
Lewis sealed the victory with two free throws exactly four seconds later.
Six points from Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East), including a 3-pointer and traditional three-point play helped the Green Terror build a 10-6 lead 4:35 into the contest.
A Shimrock 3-pointer capped a 9-2 run that put the Bears in front 19-16 with 8:57 showing.
Trailing 27-26 on a Nichols layup, Libby Lannon countered with a layup of her own to ignite a 9-0 run over a 1-minute, 8-second span to open up the largest lead for either team with 3:28 to play in the first half.
McDaniel countered with the game's next 10 points to go back up two before Alyssa Polimeni beat the first-half buzzer and even the game at 37-all at intermission.
Baskets from Wingerd, Perez and McMaster opened up a 43-37 advantage 3:10 into the second half before the Bears tallied the game's next six.
The Green Terror extended the lead to as many as four on four occasions, including at 64-60 with 2:59 to play in regulation.
Wingerd, Perez and Lauren Ballenger (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) each added 10 points for McDaniel while Wingerd added eight rebounds.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Hood on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.