Perez’s 15 leads way in late victory

Steph Perez (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

LANCASTER, Pa. – McDaniel had the final say in a game of runs, defeating Franklin & Marshall 61-58 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Thursday.

Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) led the Green Terror (10-4, 5-3 CC) with 13 of her team-high 15 points in the first half. Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) added 13 points while Lindsey Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) contributed 12 points.

Kristina McCarthy led the Diplomats (3-12, 1-7 CC) with 18 points. Sarah Haddon and Sam Plunkett added 11 points each.

A Caroline Studnicky putback capped a 9-2 run that put the Diplomats back in front 50-49 with 6:05 remaining.

Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) snapped another nearly four-minute drought from the floor to turn the one-point deficit into a one-point lead.

Layups from Hannah Rose Nussbaum and McCarthy gave the hosts a 56-53 advantage with 2:07 showing before Nichols converted a pair from the stripe 39 seconds later to close the deficit to one.

Nichols hit two more free throws with 1:02 showing for a 57-56 advantage.

Nichols converted a driving layup with 37.3 seconds on the clock to stretch the lead to three and McDaniel hit two of its four free throws in the final 23 seconds to seal the victory.

McDaniel jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 12 seconds into the game when Perez converted off an Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) steal.

A third-chance layup from Kristina McCarthy tied the game with 18:33 showing.

Haddon stretched the lead to 4-2 before Perez hit a 19-footer directly off an inbounds play to spark a 9-0 run over a 2-minute, 50-second stretch that put the Green Terror in front 11-4 with 13:27 showing.

Hadden hit a jumper with 11:35 remaining to snap a stretch of 5:31 without a field goal and close the deficit to four but Perez responded with a triple to push the lead back to seven.

Four points from McCarthy keyed a 6-0 run that closed the deficit to 18-15 with 7:10 to play before Perez hit back-to-back triples to snap a 5-minute, 28-seecond drought from the floor and reestablish the nine-point advantage.

Trailing 28-21, Jessica Dowicz hit a layup with 2:52 remaining in the first half to spark a 16-1 run that spanned both halves, including an Emma Lisle baseline 15-footer to knot the game at 29-all with 33 seconds left in the first half.

A Wingerd free throw halted the run with 17:18 showing before she hit a layup with 15:57 showing to snap a stretch of 7 minutes, 13 seconds without a field goal.

Two Wingerd free throws and a Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) baseline jumper put McDaniel back in front 36-35 with 14:00 on the clock.

Perez stretched the lead to 38-35 before Plunkett hit a layup late in the shot clock to half a 6-minute, 3-second scoring drought.

A Wingerd jumper and Nichols 3-pointer stretched the McDaniel lead back to six at 45-39 with 10:33 to play.

Eader added three assists and three steals while Davis and McMaster recorded three assists each. Wingerd added a career-high five steals.

The Green Terror returns to action at Gettysburg on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

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