February 10, 2009

McDaniel pops Dickinson for 79-56 win, keeps pace in playoff race

WESTMINSTER, Md. – For the second straight game, Kim Staub (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) reached double figures, netting a game-high 14 points to lead McDaniel in a 79-56 key Centennial Conference (CC) victory over Dickinson on Tuesday.

            With Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) contributing 11 points and seven rebounds, the Green Terror (12-9, 10-6 CC) notched its fourth victory by 20 or more points and recorded its largest offensive output of the season.
            The win coupled with an Ursinus victory over Franklin & Marshall (57-54) and Johns Hopkins win over Gettysburg (64-45), McDaniel moves into third place in the CC standings with two games remaining.
            Laura Lyons and Alesha Sisco tallied 13 points apiece to pace the Red Devils (12-10, 9-6 CC), who fell into a three-way tie for fourth place with three games to play. Brooke Muller added 10 points.
            After a back-and-forth battle in the opening minutes, Staub hit a putback layup with 17:27 to play in the opening half, knotting the game at 6-all and sparking a 13-2 run over the next 4:28 that allowed McDaniel to open up a 17-8 lead.
            Staub had five points during the stretch and Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) contributed four.
            Two Sisco free throws with 8:43 on the clock pulled Dickinson within 21-14 but the Green Terror put together another 15-4 burst that stretched the lead to as many as 18 at 36-18 nearly seven minutes later.
            Trailing 41-24 after Mills hit a single free throw 18 seconds into the second half, Muller canned a triple a minute later and Carole Dempsey hit a layup on the Red Devils’ next possession to trim the deficit to 12.
            Holding a 56-41 advantage after Dempsey put back a Lyons’ missed 3-pointer with 10:47 to play, McDaniel tallied the next six points to stretch the lead to 20 for the first time.
            A single Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) free throw with 3:49 on the clock pushed the lead to its largest point at 75-50.
            Mills and Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) tallied nine points each. Lyles added six boards and three blocked shots for the Green Terror.
            Kara Smith (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) chipped in eight points off the bench while Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led the way on the glass with eight rebounds.
            McDaniel returns to action at home against No. 10 York (Pa.) on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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