Perez tallies career-high 24 in victory
WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel jumped out to a 15-2 lead through the game's first 10:49 and the lead never dipped under double digits en route to a 70-41 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory over Johns Hopkins on Tuesday.
Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) led the Green Terror (13-4, 8-3 CC) with a career-best 24 points, including hitting a career-high six 3-pointers – the most triples since Debbie Shockley hit seven against Ursinus on Jan. 9, 1991
Fatu Conteh netted 19 points to pace the Blue Jays (12-5, 10-2 CC), who fell from first place after falling for the second time in four days.
Haley Bush staked Johns Hopkins to a 2-0 lead 2:02 into the game before Perez responded with a trey and McDaniel never trailed.
The Blue Jays went the next 9 minutes, 25 seconds without a point before a Conteh three-point play snapped the cold spell. The visitors started the game 1-for-7 with 12 turnovers.
Five different Green Terror players contributed points during the opening run.
Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) pushed the lead back to 12 with two free throws at the 8:16 mark and the lead steadily grew to 33-13 at the break.
Perez's fourth 3-pointer of the game gave McDaniel a 36-15 lead early in the second half.
Six straight Blue Jays points closed the deficit to 48-37 with 9:58 to play but Perez canned the final three of her career-high points with 9:08 to play to push the lead back to 14.
The 29-point margin of victory was the largest of the game and marked the first time the Green Terror defeated Johns Hopkins by double digits since a 72-59 victory in the 2005 CC semifinals. It was the largest victory for either team in the long-time rivalry since the Green Terror won 99-56 in 1986.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Washington (Md.) on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.