Nichols’ 13 leads balanced attack in victory

Lindsey Nichols (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – For the second time in three days, McDaniel established a double-digit advantage in the first 10 minutes of the game. For the second time in three days, the lead never returned to single digits after that. For the second time in three days, it resulted in a 70-41 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory – this time over Washington (Md.) on Thursday.

Thursday's result as more of a balanced attack for the Green Terror (14-4, 9-3 CC), who has now won six games in a row for its longest winning streak since a 17-game streak during the 2010 CC championship season. Lindsey Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) led the three players in double figures with 13 points while Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) netted 11 and Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) added 10. Karli Zeps (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) added nine points and a team-best eight rebounds as part of a 45-41 advantage on the glass.

Latisha Pledger led the Shorewomen (5-13, 4-8 CC) with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

After Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) and Erin Fitzgerald traded layups, Zeps responded with a layup to spark a 15-2 run that took control of the game with 11:36 to play in the first half.

Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) contributed the next five points on the run before a Davis 3-pointer and five straight Nichols points.

Two Fitzgerald free throws made it a 19-8 game before Perez canned a triple with 8:45 to play, igniting a 16-3 close to the half to make it a 24-point at the break.

The lead swelled to 53-18 on a Nichols three-point play that capped a 9-0 burst over a 3-minute, 32-second stretch.

Wingerd and Perez added six rebounds each while Perez and Nichols handed out three helpers apiece. McMaster added three steals to her six points.

McDaniel returns to action at Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.

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