HAVERFORD, Pa. – Haverford built a 10-point halftime lead en route to a 57-46 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday.
Karli Zeps (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) netted 16 points to lead the Green Terror (11-12, 9-9 CC), who will now need to win its last two games and have Ursinus lose its finale to Gettysburg in order to qualify for the conference tournament.
Megan Furch recorded a double-double for the Fords (18-6, 15-4 CC), who enter the final week of the regular season in the driver's seat for the top seed in the tournament. Furch finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Macy Goldbach led the way in the scoring column with 15 points. Sierra Berkel added 12 points.
After baskets from Zeps and Jasmine Smith (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic Institute) staked McDaniel to an early 4-0 lead, Katie Cook hit a 3-pointer to spark a 14-3 counter to open up a seven-point lead with 1:59 to play in the opening period.
A Liv Storer (Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia/Galen Catholic) free throw and Smith layup closed the marign to 14-10 at the end of the first 10 minutes.
Another Cook triple just 92 seconds into the second quarter pushed the lead back to seven.
Two Alyssa March (Fallston, Md./Fallston) free throws and an Anna Mondoro (Dumfries, Va./Homeschool) 3-pointer trimmed the margin to 17-15 with 6:31 on the clock but the Fords reeled off seven straight points over the next 2:16 en route to a 29-19 halftime lead.
Back-to-back layups from Zeps trimmed the margin to 32-27 midway through the third quarter but the Fords tallied ix of the next seven points to stretch the lead back to double digits with 4:13 on the clock.
Goldbach drained a 3-pointer on Haverford's first possession of the fourth quarter to make it a 47-35 lead and the lead never dipped into single digits the rest of the way.
Smith finished with 10 points and four steals while March dished our four assists to go with seven points and eight rebounds.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Gettysburg on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.