WESTMINSTER, Md. – Melissa Grigsby finished with a team high-tying 16 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to lift Swarthmore to a 71-69 victory over McDaniel in the Centennial Conference (CC) women’s basketball opener for both teams.
Grigsbys buzzer-beater lifts Swarthmore to 71-69 win over McDaniel
Trailing 69-68 after the final two of Ali Moreland’s (Davidsonville, Md./South River) game-high 17 points came at the free throw line with 10.7 seconds on the clock, Ceylan Bodur found her way out of a double-team in the corner and found Grigsby wide-open at the top of the arc for the game-winning shot.
Kathryn Stockbower added 16 points for the Garnet (1-3, 1-0 CC) while grabbing a program-record 24 rebounds to finish with a double-double for the 14th straight game.
Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) finished with 12 points apiece for the Green Terror (1-3, 0-1 CC), who found itself in an 11-point deficit early in the second half before a 16-4 run gave the hosts a 41-40 lead with 12:27 remaining in the game.
After two Grigsby free throws with 18:09 on the clock gave Swarthmore its largest lead at 36-25, Grace drilled a 3-pointer in the corner with 17:31 remaining.
A Summer Miller-Walfish jumper pushed the lead back to 10 before a single Grace free throw and an Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) fast-break bucket of a Grace steal-and-dish pulled McDaniel within 38-31 a minute later.
Trailing 40-31 off two Bodur free throws, Moreland hit a jumper on the break with 14:54 to play, sparking an 8-0 run over the next 2 minutes, 27 seconds to give the Green Terror its first lead since 2-0.
Knotted at 47, four Grace free throws gave McDaniel a four-point edge with 8:41 showing.
A Lyles basket-and-foul with 1:29 on the clock gave the hosts a 67-61 lead before Genny Pezzola hit the second of two free throws 11 seconds later and Stockbower drained two free throws with 44.2 seconds on the clock to trim the deficit in half.
Off a Green Terror turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass, Pamela Costello nailed her second 3-pointer of the game from the left corner to knot the game at 67 with 40.3 seconds to play.
A single Bodur free throw gave the Garnet a one-point lead with 26.5 to play before Moreland’s two free throws gave her team its final lead.
Trailing 2-0 on a Moreland basket off the opening tip, Swarthmore reeled off the next seven points.
Clinging to a 9-8 lead after a Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) layup with 13:56 to play in the opening half, the Garnet held McDaniel without a field goal for the next 10 minutes, 23 seconds, opening up a lead of as many as 10 during the 15-7 stretch.
McDaniel closed the gap to 30-24 at halftime before giving up six of the second half’s first seven points.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Juniata on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.