Muhlenberg escapes McDaniel with 77-76 overtime win

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Alexis Bates tallied seven of her 16 points in overtime, including hitting a pair of free throws with 1.8 seconds to play, sending Muhlenberg to a 77-76 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women’s basketball action on Wednesday.

            Alexandra Chili finished with a game-high 22 points for the Mules (8-2, 5-0 CC), who had its seven-point overtime advantage erased when Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with fewer than 10 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Green Terror (4-5, 2-2 CC) a 76-75 advantage.
            With her team trailing 64-63, Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) hit a pair of free throws with 29.9 seconds remaining in regulation for two of her team-high 18 point, giving McDaniel a one-point advantage.
            After a foul at the other end, Kelly McKeon hit the first of her two free throw attempts with 13.4 seconds to play, knotting the game at 65.
            With 5.4 seconds on the clock, Muhlenberg was whistled for a foul but the Green Terror missed both free throws to send the game to overtime.
            Back-to-back baskets from McKeon coupled with a Bates 3-pointer allowed the Mules to race out to a 7-265 advantage just 1:12 into the extra session.
            Three Grace free throws and a Moreland jumper trimmed the deficit to two with 2:19 to play.
            Two Bates free throws stretched the lead back to four but Kim Staub (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) capped her 10-point night, converting two charity tosses with 1:14 on the clock.
            After a pair of Muhlenberg missed free throws, Moreland hit the back end of two tosses to trim the deficit to 74-73 with 33.3 seconds showing.
            McKeon stretched the lead back to two before Grace nailed her second triple of the night to give McDaniel the lead.
            After a McDaniel timeout with 9.8 seconds showing, McKeon brought the ball up the floor, finding Bates in the lane. Bates went the rim but was fouled with 1.7 seconds on the clock, sinking both attempts to give her team the victory after the Green Terror’s desperation half-court heave sailed over the backboard.
            Trailing 11-10, Bates hit a jumper with 15:36 to play in the first half, sparking an 11-0 run over the next 3 minutes, 22 seconds.
            Staub halted McDaniel’s 0-for-6 cold spell with a jumper to pull the hosts within 21-13.
            Trailing 38-30 on a Chili basket with 3:25 to play, Moreland and Staub both converted baskets on the break to trim the deficit to four en route to a 42-38 halftime lead for Muhlenberg.
            Lauren Boyle, who was one of nine players for both teams to finish in double figures with 14 points, immediately stretched the lead to six in the second half.
            A Grace pull-up 3-pointer on the break and Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) layup pulled McDaniel within 44-43 with 17:28 to play in regulation.
            The Mule lead teetered between one and five points over the next eight minutes before Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) and Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) hit jumpers 39 seconds apart to knot the game at 53.
            A Moreland putback gave the Green Terror its first lead since 11-10.
            The Green Terror returns to action at Ursinus on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.