BALTIMORE, Md. – Johns Hopkins scored seven straight points late in the second half, turning a one-point deficit into a six-point advantage en route to a 58-51 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on on Monday.
Freshman Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) led the Green Terror (5-3, 3-2 CC) with a season-best 22 points, including four 3-pointers. Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) added 13.
Chantel Mattiola paced the Blue Jays (7-1, 4-1 CC) with 20 points.
After Mattiola and Perez exchanged 3-pointers, a Haley Bush steal-and-layup gave the lead back to Johns Hopkins with 6:22 to play.
A Bush three-point play and single free throws from Fatu Conteh and Alex Vassila stretched the lead to 50-44 with 3:29 remaining.
Perez gave the Green Terror its first 20-point performer this season, hitting a triple at the other end but Fong pushed the lead back to five with 2:44 showing.
Three Mattiola free throws in the final 17.3 seconds sealed the victory.
Seven straight points from Mattiola staked Johns Hopkins to a 7-0 lead through the game's first 2:10 before Rybak canned a 3-pointer from the left wing to close the deficit to 7-3 a minute later.
A Maggie Fruehan three-point play stretched the lead to 13-5 with 13:31 on the clock.
Perez's three-point play with 11:55 to play trimmed the deficit to 13-8 but Bush countered at the other end with a layup to stretch the lead back to seven.
The Blue Jays pushed the lead to as many as 10 on a Centeh layup with 9:32 on the clock that made it a 20-10 game.
A Nikki Piper (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) layup and Perez deep triple 1:40 apart drew the Green Terror within five with 7:22 to play.
Two straight Rybak jumped closed the deficit to 25-24 with 2:46 to play before Perez hit a single free throw 44 seconds later to knot the game.
A Stephanie Fong foul-line jumper put the hosts back on top by two before Perez canned a trey from the top of the arc to give McDaniel its first lead with 1:35 to play.
Eader converted the front end of a 1-and-1 to stretch the lead to 29-27 with 34.1 seconds remaining before Bush knotted the game, hitting two free throws with 5.5 seconds to play.
Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) hit four straight points around a single Fong free throw to give McDaniel a 33-30 lead just 1:17 into the second half.
Mattiola tied the game once again with a 3-pointer 34 seconds later.
After an exchange of baskets, Fruehan put Johns Hopkins on top 38-37 with a single free throw at the 12:48 mark before she added a second-chance layup just over two minutes later.
Emillee Bosley (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) snapped a 4-minute, 24-second scoring drought with a 17-foot jumper and Perez added a layup to put the Green Terror on top, 41-40.
Eader finished with seven points and six assists. Bosley had five points and Piper scored four.
The Green Terror returns to action at home against Bryn Mawr on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.