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Ward tallies 16 in road conference win

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

THE FACTS
McDaniel (8-4, 3-4 CC) 65, Swarthmore (2-10, 1-6) 51
What: Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball game
When:
Saturday, Jan. 5
Where: Swarthmore, Pa.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel outscored Swarthmore 22-13 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 65-51 victory in the first conference game of 2019.

THE LEADERS
Caroline Ward (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) led the Green Terror with 16 points.
• Liv Storer (Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia/Galen Catholic College) added 10 points.

FOR THE FOES
• Abigail Pirron netted 12 points off the bench.
• Kim Kockenmeister added 11 points.
• Christina Holmgren pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• Swarthmore scored the game's first three points before an Anna Mondoro (Dumfries, Va./Homeschool) 3-pointer with 8:44 remaining in the first half tied the game. Liv Storer gave McDaniel a 5-3 edge but the Garnet responded with the game's next five points, including four from Faith Noonan for an 8-5 lead midway through the first period. Swarthmore built a 15-11 lead before a Sara Pilkey (Fawn Grove, Pa./Kennard-Dale) layup in the final 30 seconds made it a two-point game heading to the second quarter.
• A Pilkey putback 2:06 into the second quarter tied the game before Caroline Ward drained a triple a minute later for the lead. After an Audra Woodside 3-pointer tied the game, Allyson Shipley (Manchester, Md./Delone Catholic [Pa.]) hit a jumper to spark an 11-0 run that gave the visitors a double-digit lead with 1:43 to play in the opening half. An Elizabeth Stiles three-point play trimmed the margin to 29-21 at the break.
• Five straight points from Stiles to open the third quarter sparked an 11-2 run that Kim Kockenmeister capped with a steal-and-layup, giving the Garnet a 32-31 edge with 5:32 showing. Shipley responded out of a timeout before a Woodside free throw tied the game at 33-all. A Madeleine Thompson (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) 3-pointer with 4:07 remaining gave McDaniel the lead back for good. A Jayce Klingenberg (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) 3-pointer stretched the lead to 41-36 before Pirron and Storer traded layups in the final 46 seconds to keep it a five-point game heading to the final period.
• Three points from Storer in the first minute of the fourth quarter stretched the lead to eight. After a Noonan layup, Ward went on a personal 8-0 run, stretching the lead to its largest – 54-40 with 6:40 to play. Swarthmore closed to within 55-48 on two Kim Kockenmeister free throws with 3:44 remaining but that's as close as they could get.

THE INSIDE STORY
Jamese Word (Belmont, Mass./Lexington Christian Academy) chipped in six rebounds, five assists and four points.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at home against Muhlenberg on Tuesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

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