February 24, 2014

McDaniel to battle for CC title

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel will travel to Haverford, Pa., in search of its fifth Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball championship this weekend.

The second-seeded Green Terror (19-5, 14-4 CC) faces third-seeded Johns Hopkins (17-7, 14-4 CC) in Friday's second semifinal, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. or 30 minutes upon the conclusion of the day's first semifinal. McDaniel swept the season series, including by a 70-41 margin in the season's first meeting in January.

The day's first semifinal pits host and top-seeded Haverford (21-3, 15-3 CC) against the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between the fourth-seeded Muhlenberg (16-9, 12-6 CC) and fifth-seeded Gettysburg (15-9, 10-8 CC). That game tips off at 6 p.m.

The championship game will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Admission for all games is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Youths 12 and under as well as students from participating institutions, who present their ID, are free.

The tournament's champion will earn the CC's automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on Friday, Mar. 7. The NCAA field will be announced at 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

McDaniel is seeking its ffith CC championship and sixth berth in the NCAA tournament. The Green Terror claimed the conference crown and NCAA bid in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2010. The squad also earned an at-large bid in 2007.

Muhlenberg is in search of its eighth CC title while Johns Hopkins seeks its fifth. Gettysburg goes for its second conference crown. Haverford seeks its first conference title.

Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) leads the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and 3-pointers (59) while ranking third in field-goal percentage (.387).

Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) leads the team in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and is tied for second in scoring (9.5 ppg).

Lindsey Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) is tied for second on the team in scoring (9.5 ppg) and ranks second in 3-pointers (29) and steals (34).

Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) paces the squad with 61 assists and ranks fourth with 33 steals.

Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vinent Pallotti) is second on the team in assists (55) and seconds in steals (35).

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