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McDaniel comes from behind to down Dickinson

Cara Thompson © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Cara Thompson © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Green Terror overcomes 11-point second-half deficit, works double OT for third straight win

CARLISLE, Pa. – Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) finished with 23 points, including seven in a pair of overtime sessions, to help McDaniel to a 73-60 victory over Dickinson in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Wednesday.

The Green Terror (6-13, 5-10 CC), who found itself in a 42-31 hole with 5:18 to play in regulation, outscored the Red Devils (8-11, 6-9 CC) 17-6, including three Thompson free throws with 5.6 seconds remaining.

Playing its first double-overtime game since a triple-overtime loss at Washington (Md.) on Feb. 17, 2001, McDaniel needed the 10 extra minutes but reached 70 points for the third consecutive game, making it three wins in a row in the process.

Taylor Miller and Alesha Sisco led Dickinson with 18 points apiece while Carole Dempsey added 11.

Allie Eader (Frederick, Md./Linganore) canned a triple with 5:00 to play trimmed the deficit to 42-34 but Miller converted a pair to once again make it a 10-point game.

Back-to-back buckets from Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and a Thompson hook shot in the lane made it a four-point game with 3:22 showing, forcing a Dickinson timeout.

Just 1:05 later, Eader swished her second 3-pointer of the game to cut the lead to one but Lindsay Finnerty hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to halt the 9-0 stretch and extend the lead to 46-43.

Late in the shot clock, Miller went to the line for a 1-and-1, hitting both to stretch the advantage to five with 1:02 to play.

A Thompson layup with 47.6 seconds to play made it a 48-45 game and went to the line for three shots with 5.6 seconds on the clock.

The senior connected on the first two before Dickinson called a timeout. On the other side, she knotted the game and the Red Devils didn't get a shot off, sending the game to overtime.

Acton and Miller exchanged single free throws in the first 1:33 of the extra session before Thompson nailed a 3-pointer with 2:49 showing off a third-chance attempt by the Green Terror.

Miller trimmed the deficit to one on the ensuing possession.

After the teams traded empty trips, Ashley Kunkle canned Dickinson's first 3-pointer of the game on a kickout play with 1:07 on the clock.

Acton converted a layup with 42.8 seconds showing and added a pair of free throws 15.7 seconds later when she was fouled 90 feet from the basket for a two-point advantage.
Miller knotted the game on a drive with 14.2 seconds on the clock.

Out of a timeout with 9.0 seconds on the clock, the Green Terror was unable to get a shot off, sending the game to a second five-minute extra session.

Kunkle gave the Red Devils a two-point edge on their first possession of the second overtime before Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) converted a three-point play at the other end for a 59-58 advantage 1:12 into the period.

Miller turned the one-point deficit into a one-point lead 15 seconds later but Thompson hit her second 3-pointer for a 62-60 McDaniel lead.

Rybak stretched the lead to four with 1:46 on the clock and Acton hit the first of two free throws 29 seconds later to make it a 65-60 game.

Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) canned both of her free throws with 1:09 showing and Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) hit a layup with 48.1 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

After Rybak and Dempsey exchanged layups in the game's first 1:10, McDaniel reeled off the game's next 10 points to open up a 12-2 advantage with 13:59 on the clock.

Rybak contributed six of her 11 points in the game's first six minutes.

After Acton gave the Green Terror its largest lead of the first half, Carole Dempsey responded 22 seconds later with a mid-range jumper to spark a 6-1 counter, forcing three McDaniel turnovers over the next 2:02 to pull to within 13-8.

Trailing 17-12, Sisco's steal and pull-up 15-footer made it a three-point game with 9:11 on the clock.

Snoops converted a driving layup with 6:54 to play in the first half, snapping a 3-minute, 6-second scoring drought to reestablish the five-point edge.

A pair of Sisco jumpers closed the deficit to one before Kate Zimmer (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) halted a 5-minute, 20-second scoreless stretch to push the lead back to four.

A Sisco layup and long jumper rounded out her 12-point first half to even the game at 22-all entering halftime.

A Dempsey layup off an inbound 52 seconds into the second half broke a halftime deadlock and gave Dickinson its first lead of the contest, 24-22.

Thompson and Dempsey traded baskets before an Acton 3-pointer in the left corner with 14:49 on the clock gave the visitors a 27-26 edge.

Back-to-back Sisco buckets and a Miller three-point play accounted for a 7-0 run over a 1-minute, 13-second span to put Dickinson on top by six.

A Larsen 15-footer momentarily halted the stretch with 12:18 to play.

After Dempsey hit the second of two free throws to extend the lead to 36-29, Thompson hit a layup with 7:58 on the clock, halting a 1-for-10 stretch over the previous nearly seven minutes.

Miller pushed the lead back to seven on the Red Devils' next possession before a Sisco jumper and  Finnerty stretched the advantage to double figures for the first time with 5:18 showing.

Acton finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Snoops pulled down a career high-tying 16 rebounds.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.