January 15, 2011

First-half run propels McDaniel to victory

Green Terror notches 15th straight win over Washington

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead McDaniel to a 62-54 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory over Washington (Md.) on Saturday.

Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) and Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) also reached double figures for the Green Terror 3-11, 3-8 CC), who notched its 15th consecutive win in the series. Thompson finished with 15 points while Snoops added 12.

Erin Kile paced the Shorewomen (5-9, 3-6 CC) with a double-double of her own, registering 12 points and 13 rebounds. Latisha Pledger added 12 points and 10 rebounds while Meghan Tait had 10 points and six assists.

After a first 14 minutes in which neither team held a lead of more than four points, Acton hit a pair of free throws with 5:54 showing to spark a 12-2 run to the intermission.

Snoops and Katherine Restrepo (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) extended the lead to 27-19 before Kile snapped a 4-minute, 51-second scoreless stretch to close the deficit to six with 2:02 on the clock.

A Snoops layup and two Thompson free throws in the final minute made a 33-21 game at the break.

Three Washington free throws in the first 1:15 of the second half trimmed the deficit to single digits before jumpers from Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) and Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) pushed the lead to its largest at 39-24 with 15:41 to play.

However, four free throws from Katie Bay sparked a 10-2 burst that pulled the visitors within 41-34 with 12:22 to play.

Pledger capped the stretch with a basket-and-foul play before Acton halted the momentum 1:20 later with a steal-and-layup.

Four straight points from Snoops extended the lead back to 12 before an 8-1 stretch that included five points from Ledger and three from Tait made it a 48-43 game with 6:06 on the clock.

A Bay triple – one of just two converted by the Shorewomen in 23 attempts – trimmed the deficit to 52-48 with 3:16 showing but the Green Terror hit 10 of its 14 attempts from the charity stripe after that to secure the eight-point win.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Gettysburg on Wednesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

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