WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel scored seven of the game's final 10 points to break a 47-all deadlock and defeat Hollins 54-50 in the first round of the 2011 McDaniel Tipoff Tournament in women's basketball action on Friday.
Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) scored three straight points from the free-throw line to help the Green Terror (2-0) seal the victory down the stretch and advance to the championship game on Saturday against Catholic, which defeated Richard Stockton 63-58 in the night's second game.
Lacie Forrest led Hollins (0-2) with 14 points while Jasmine Greene also reached double figures with 13. Lauren Morris grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds as part of a 47-39 advantage on the glass.
Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) led McDaniel in the scoring column with 10 points while Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) contributed 12 rebounds to go with five points and three steals.
In a second half filled with just 14 combined field goals but 37 combined free-throw attempts, Chanci Wright completed erased a 14-point first half deficit and drew Hollins even at 47, hitting two free throws with 1:24 on the clock.
Meg Biggart (Darien, Conn./Darien) hit a floater in the lane at the other end with 51.8 seconds on the clock.
A single Wright free throw with 27.2 seconds to play closed the deficit to one but Rybak hit a pair of free throws with 20.8 seconds and one more with 9.3 to play to make it a four-point game.
Lacie Forrest sliced the deficit in half in the final three seconds but Perez iced the game with two free throws of her own at the other end.
Greene and Perez exchanged layups to start the game before Perez hit on the break with 17:01 to give the hosts the lead for good.
After Forrest hit the second of two free throws 41 seconds later, Rybak ignited a 12-0 run a minute later to put the hosts on top 16-3 with 12:34 showing.
Allie Eader (Frederick, Md./Linganore) and Biggart each canned triples on the run.
A Perez jumper with 8:53 to play stretched the lead to its largest at 20-6.
McDaniel maintained that 14-point edge before Hollins closed the final 5:43 of the first half, outscoring the Green Terror 13-7, including a Greene halfcourter at the buzzer.
Baskets from Forrest and Greene trimmed the deficit to four in the first 1:36 of the second half.
Two Molly Tahmaseb free throws made it a 33-31 game with 13:06 showing before a single Kelsey Franklin (Woodbine, Md./South Carroll) free throw started a 6-0 burst that stretched the lead back to its halftime margin with 9:06 on the clock
Morris drained a triple to slice the deficit in half 33 seconds later and Forrest hit a 17-footer to make it a 39-38 game.
Wingerd stretched the lead back to seven with a layup at the 5:22 mark for the Green Terror's last field goal until Biggart's go-ahead floater in the final minute.
Rybak finished with nine points and four steals while Perez had three assists.
Game time on Saturday is 3 p.m.