McDaniel explodes past Goucher

Whitney Snoops © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Whitney Snoops © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Green Terror nets season-high 89 points in victory

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Powered by a career-high 29-point performance from senior Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding), McDaniel eclipsed its season scoring average by more than 37 points in an 89-69 non-conference women's basketball victory over Goucher on Tuesday.

Snoops added her second double-double of the season for the Green Terror (4-13) with 14 rebounds and also contributed a career-best five assists.

Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr), celebrating her 22nd birthday, contributed a career-high 14 points, hitting her first six shots of the night en route to a 7-for-8 showing from the floor. Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) added a career-high 19 points while Allie Eader (Frederick, Md./Linganore) matched Snoops with a career-high five assists to go with her career best-tying eight points.

Elizabeth von Ende led the Gophers (2-14) with 17 points while Sharnell Huff and Precious Kollock also reached double figures with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

After watching Goucher race out to an 8-2 advantage in the game's first 3:08, Eader, Snoops and Acton all converted from close range over a 1-minute, 34-second span to knot the game at 8-all.

Acton converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give McDaniel the lead and four straight points from Larsen helped extend the run to 13-0, giving the hosts a seven-point edge with 11:14 to play in the first half.

An Acton putback with 6:48 showing extended the first half lead to as many as 25-13 before the Gophers closed to within four en route to a 36-30 deficit at the break.

A Snoops layup on the Green Terror's first possession of the second half followed by a von Ende triple – one of nine 3-pointers canned by Goucher on the night – made it a five-point game before 32 seconds had elapsed.

Clinging to a 57-47 lead with 11:09 on the clock after von Ende converted a three-point play, Snoops hit a jumper to spark a 20-5 run over the game's next 4:49 to take a 25-point lead – the largest of the game.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Bryn Mawr on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.