Eader records career-high 14
LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall used a 21-2 run to swell an three-point advantage to 22 in the first half en route to an 86-66 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory over McDaniel on Saturday.
Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) led three players in double figures for the Green Terror (5-2, 3-1 CC) with a career-best 14 points to go with three assists and five steals. Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) and Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) also reached double digits with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Wingerd added eight rebounds while Perez had three assists and four steals.
Colleen Bott led the Diplomats (3-2, 3-0 CC) with 18 points. Alexa Barbush (16), Elizabeth Snyder (15) and Kristina McCarthy (14) rounded out four players in double figures for the hosts, who shot better than 50 percent from the floor to remain perfect in conference play.
Megan Pauley and Perez traded baskets in the game's first 22 seconds before Franklin & Marshall reeled off the next six and never trailed the rest of the way.
An Eader basket-and-foul play trimmed the deficit in half with 18:03 on the clock but McCarthy and Snyder each hit layups to push the lead back out to seven just 1:19 later.
A Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) jumper capped a 7-1 burst over a 2-minute, 16-second span to make it a 21-18 game with 10:18 showing in the first half.
However, the Green Terror got just a Nikki Piper (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) jumper over the next 7:17 while Franklin & Marshall pushed the lead to 42-20 with 5:07 to play in the first half.
Wingerd momentarily halted the run with two free throws but the Diplomat advantage grew to as many as 26 en route to a 50-26 halftime lead.
Two Rybak free throws with 9:09 to play in the second half trimmed the deficit to 66-52, capping a 10-2 burst but the Green Terror could get no closer in the second half.
McDaniel, which is in the midst of a five-day stretch with three conference road games, returns to action at Johns Hopkins on Monday. Game time is 7 p.m.