Wingerd tallies 16 and 7 to enter break with win

Emma Wingerd (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel started each half with 10-0 runs to key a 65-52 non-conference women's basketball victory over Hood on Saturday.

Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) led the Green Terror (6-3) into a three-week break on a winning note with a season-high 16 points to go with a team-best seven rebounds. Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and Karli Zeps (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Rachel Wiley led the Blazers (1-6) with 14 points and 13 rebounds while Danni Medovich added 11 points.

Layups from Wingerd and Perez staked McDaniel to a 4-0 lead in the game's first 57 seconds before four straight points from Zeps doubled the advantage. A Wingerd jumper made it a 10-0 game 4:10 into the contest.

Rachel Kessler broke up the shutout at the 15:26 mark. Medovich closed the deficit to 12-8 with 11:31 on the clock before a pair of Lindsey Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) pushed the lead back to six on the next possession.

Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) hit a 3-pointer with 9:44 showing to break a 6-minute, 6-second drought from the floor and extend the lead back to nine.

Back-to-back Perez triples made it a 25-10 game with 7:50 showing en route to a 35-21 advantage at the break.

Six Hood turnovers on its first six possessions of the second half helped the Green Terror extend the advantage to 24.

Wingerd contributed five of those markers while Lauren Ballenger (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) added a trey and Perez converted a layup to push the lead to 42-21 with 15:16 on the clock.

Trailing 55-35 on a Samantha Dowling (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston) layup, Brittney George responded with a jumper to spark a 15-5 burst that closed the deficit to 10 with 1:26 to play.

Verkia Smith followed up George's jumper with a 3-pointer before Allie Appleby and Dowling traded triples. Two Jessy Burke free throws and a Wiley putback closed the margin to 58-47 with 3:03 showing.

The Green Terror went 5-for-6 at the charity stripe over the final 48 seconds to secure the victory.

Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) finished with a career-high nine assists for McDaniel.

The Green Terror returns to action at Washington Adventist on Saturday, Jan. 4. Game time is 7 p.m.

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