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Ward tallies 11 in balanced win

Caroline Ward (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Caroline Ward (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

McDaniel (6-2, 2-2 CC) 65, Bryn Mawr (0-6, 0-3 CC) 57
What: Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball game
Saturday, Dec. 1
Where: Westminster, Md.

McDaniel built a 19-point fourth-quarter lead and held off a late charge from Bryn Mawr to record a 65-57 victory.

Caroline Ward (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) was the only Green Terror player to reach double figures with 11 points.
• Anna Mondoro (Dumfries, Va./Homeschool) chipped in nine points.
Madeleine Thompson (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) established a career high with nine points.
Hannah Zajac (Houston, Texas/Clear Creek) added eight points.
• Liv Storer (Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia/Galen Catholic College) contributed seven points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds.

• Laya Paladugu led the Owls with a game-high 26 points.
• Halena Martin added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
• Odinaka Oraneku grabbed 14 rebounds and five steals.

• After Emily Metzger (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) and Halena Martin traded baskets in the first 2:16, Anna Mondoro drained a 3-pointer with 7:25 to play to give the hosts the lead for good. McDaniel built a 12-6 advantage on a Sara Pilkey (Fawn Grove, Pa./Kennard Dale) jumper that snapped a 3-minute, 16-second scoring drought for both teams. A Odinaka Oranekwu layup and Cleo Elizabeth-Robertson free throw in the final 30 seconds trimmed the deficit to 14-11 after one quarter.
• Back-to-back Caroline Ward 3-pointers and a triple from Anna Mondoro opened up a double-digit lead just 2:46 into the second quarter. Jayce Klingenberg's (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) first collegiate 3-pointer bounced home to open up a 28-13 lead – the Green Terror's largest of the first half – with 4:54 to play. The Owls finished the half on a 9-3 run to close the margin to 35-26 at the break.
• After a Liv Storer jumper pushed the lead back to double digits, Laya Paladugu hit a 3-pointer and Martin canned a jumper to trim the deficit to 37-31. Clinging to a 43-33 lead, Madeleine Thompson drained a deep 3-pointer – her first of three triples in the final 3:58 of the quarter – to spark a 13-6 close to the period, extending the lead to 56-39.
• A Hannah Zajac free throw and Caroline Ward layup gave the hosts a 62-43 lead with 5:52 to play before Paladugu drained a 3-pointer. Ward responded with a jumper but two Martin free throws sparked an 11-0 run that closed the deficit to 64-57 with 36.7 seconds remaining but that's as close as Bryn Mawr could get.

• McDaniel forced a season-high 29 turnovers.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Gettysburg on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.