McDaniel opens 2010 with a bang

Ali Moreland © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Ali Moreland © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Moreland drops 24 to key fifth straight Green Terror win and 64-55 victory at Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, Md. - Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./Lower Moreland) matched her career high with 24 points and six steals to lead McDaniel to a 64-55 victory over Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Monday.

Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) added 10 points for the Green Terror (5-4, 4-2 CC), who recorded the largest margin of victory in the series with the Blue Jays (4-5, 2-3 CC) since a 74-56 win in Westminster on Feb. 7, 2006.

Britni Lonesome paced Johns Hopkins with 11 points.

With the game knotted at 16-all, Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) hit a bucket in the lane to give McDaniel its first lead of the game with 5:00 showing.

After Monica Mitchell momentarily tied the game again off a missed free throw at the 4:35 mark, four Moreland points sparked an 8-0 run that gave the Green Terror a 26-18 lead before a Siobhan Callanan jumper snapped a 2-minute, 48-second scoring drought.

Moreland drained a triple from the top of the key just before the first-half clock expired to gave the visitors a 33-20 lead at the intermission, capping a 25-6 stretch over the final 11:05 of the half.

Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) hit a 15-footer on the Green Terror's first possession of the second half to stretch the lead to 15.

Johns Hopkins closed to within 10 but Grace canned 3-pointers from each corner to stretch the lead to 45-29 with 13:45 to play.

A Britni Lonesome triple from the left wing with 4:15 to play capped an 8-0 Blue Jay burst to close the deficit to 55-47.

Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) responded with an elbow jumper 27 seconds later to snap the spurt.

Lyndsay Burton hit a layup to once again make it a five-point game but Katelyn Fischer (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) converted a trey to stretch the lead to eight with 2:58 to play.

After Thompson hit the first of two free throws with 1:07 to play that stretched the lead to 61-52, Katie Biggart drained a 3-pointer with 53.3 seconds on the clock to make it a two-possession game.

One Fischer free throw with 50.5 seconds on the clock and and two more with 39.3 seconds showing set the final margin.

With the game knotted at 4-all just 3:15 into the game, Johns Hopkins scored 10 of the game's next 14 points to take a six-point lead at the 11:48 mark behind four points from Nia Josiah.

With 11:05 to play in the first half, Moreland hit an eight-foot jumper directly off a Grace inbounds pass in the left corner to spark a 6-0 run to even the game 2 minutes, 21 seconds later.

Thompson and Lyles led the way on the boards with nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Fischer added a career-high six steals to go with her eight points for McDaniel, which finished with 17 steals.

The Green Terror returns to action at Washington (Md.) on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.