Hot first-half shooting carries McDaniel to 65-57 win over Washington

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) netted a game-high 19 points to lead McDaniel to a 65-57 victory over Washington (Md.) in Centennial Conference (CC) women’s basketball action on Thursday.

            Kara Smith (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) added a eight points on 3-for-3 shooting to go with four assists for the Green Terror (6-6, 4-3 CC), who built a 17-point advantage before seeing the Shorewomen (8-3, 3-2 CC) claw within five points in the second half.
            Brianne Slizofski netted 13 points for Washington while Jessica Jamrogowicz chipped in nine points, seven assists and four steals. Meghan Tait added 10 points and four steals.
            After two Slizofski free throws staked the Shorewomen to an early advantage, Moreland finished a Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) feed to knot the game at 2-all.
            Meghan Lepley gave Washington its final lead at 4-2 before Kim Acton’s (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) jumper with 14:48 on the clock sparked an 18-2 run over the next 5 minutes, 23 seconds to give the hosts a 20-6 lead.
            Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) had all six of her first-half points during the run while Moreland capped the stretch a fastbreak basket-and-foul.
            One of Smith’s two 3-pointers stretched the lead to 34-18 with 2:46 to play in the opening stanza before the Shorewomen reeled off the next six points to close within 10 in the half’s final minute but a Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) 3-pointer in the left corner stretched the Green Terror advantage to 37-24 at the intermission.
            Five straight points from Tait capped a 14-8 stretch that pulled Washington within 50-45 with 9:24 to play.
            After nearly two minutes with a combined six turnovers and five missed shots, Moreland canned a third-chance 3-pointer to stretch the lead back to eight.
            After the Shorewomen once again pulled within five, baskets from three different McDaniel players stretched the lead back to double figures en route to just its second win in the last five games.
            The Green Terror shot a blistering 65.2 percent in the first half – its best shooting half of the season – before finishing at 48.1 percent for the game.
            The two teams combined for 55 turnovers in the game, including a season-high 32 by McDaniel.
            Lyles contributed eight points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
            The Green Terror returns to action at home against Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.