January 22, 2009

McDaniel escapes with 67-66 victory over Johns Hopkins

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) recorded a team-best 14 points to lead McDaniel to a 67-66 victory over Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) women’s basketball action on Thursday.

            Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) added 11 points and a team-best seven rebounds for the Green Terror (9-6, 7-3 CC), who took over sole possession of second place in the conference standings after losses by Dickinson and Gettysburg.
            Lyndsay Burton, the reigning CC Player of the Week, notched her sixth consecutive 20-point performance with 23 points for the Blue Jays (6-9, 4-4 CC), who outscored the Green Terror 14-2 over the final 5:40 to nearly erase a 16-point deficit.
            After a Snoops basket-and-foul play stretched the McDaniel lead back to 13 with 5:40 on the clock, Burton countered with a short jumper to spark the late rally.
            Anastasia Wynn, who had four points in the first 35 minutes of the game, connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to close the deficit to five with 3:53 showing.
            Two Wynn free throws with 3:14 to play made it a 65-62 game but Lauren Wyble (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) hit an elbow jumper just over a minute later to stretch the lead back to five.
            A Burton layup closed the deficit to three with 1:49 on the clock.
            Wynn finished her 14-point night, hitting a jumper with 57 seconds to play.
            After a missed jumper at the other end, Johns Hopkins rebounded and advanced to the frontcourt before calling its final timeout with 30.9 seconds showing.
            The Green Terror, who had only committed four second-half fouls, were whistled for two fouls in the next 15 seconds before missing a jumper that Kara Smith (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) rebounded with 11.1 seconds to play.
            After the Blue Jays’ sixth foul on that rebound, McDaniel called a timeout. Out of the timeout, a foul with 9.4 seconds on the clock sent the Green Terror to the line for the bonus.
            After a miss on the front end of the 1-and-1, Wynn collected the rebounding and raced to the other end but her 15-foot jump shot from the left wing clanked off the iron and Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) corralled her fourth rebound as the buzzer sounded, preserving McDaniel’s fourth straight win.
            Keyed by five points from Morland and four points from Meg Biggart (Darien, Conn./Darien) – playing against her older sister for the time – the Green Terror opened the game on a 13-4 run over the first 4:40.
            Trailing 20-14 with 9:15 to play, Johns Hopkins put together a 7-0 run over the next 2 minutes, 48 seconds to take its first lead of the game, 21-20.
            Two Snoops free throws halted the spurt. After a back-and-forth three-minute stretch, two Smith free throws keyed a 9-3 burst over the final 2:30 of the stanza, turning a one-point edge into a 37-30 lead at the break.
            McDaniel stretched the lead to 16 on a Grace layup with 13:21 to play before the Blue Jays clawed to within eight just over six minutes later.
            Two Moreland free throws coupled with the Snoops three-point play stretched the lead back out, before Johns Hopkins’ furious rally in the waning minutes.
            Kristin Phillips rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Blue Jays, netting 16 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds and four streals. Jenna Berninger dished out four helpers.
            Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) recorded four assists for the Green Terror.
            McDaniel returns to action at home against Bryn Mawr on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

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