WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel scored 11 of the final 13 first-half points to turn a one-point deficit into an eight-point advantage at the break en route to a 61-52 non-conference women's basketball victory over Susquehanna on Saturday.
Freshman Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) made it a perfect 10-for-10 in 2011 reaching double figures and hit 20 points for the second time in three games, leading the Green Terror (7-3) with a game-high 20 points. She also chipped in five assists and four rebounds.
Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) added 13 points and a career-best eight rebounds to go with a career high-tying four steals. Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) added 10 points and five assists. Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) rounded out a trio of players with five assists, adding that to her eight points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Amarra Boone led the Crusaders (2-7) with 10 points off the bench.
McDaniel jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind five points from Perez in the game's first 4:49 but missed its next 10 shots, allowing Susquehanna to close to within 9-7 with 11:36 to play in the first half.
Wingerd snapped a 4-minute, 44-second scoring drought with a jumper at the 10:27 mark and the teams traded baskets until two Jonaida Williams free throws made it a 13-12 game with 5:38 showing.
Nora Joyce gave the Crusaders their only lead of the game with 4:25 remaining but Karen Wearden's (Denton, Md./St. Thomas More [Del.]) only two points of the game 14 seconds later sparked the 11-2 run to the break.
Rybak and Perez accounted for the final nine points of the half, including a Perez triple with 2:35 showing – the team's only first-half 3-pointer.
Gina Palazzi closed the deficit to 26-20 with 17:04 to play but Perez canned the first of three straight Green Terror treys that helped stretch the lead to 14 with 13:50 on the clock.
Perez added her third 3-pointer of the game and Eader both of hers during the 14-6 burst.
Trailing 45-32 after Rybak rattled home a 3-pointer with 11:30 to play, Mariah Monahan and Shannon Grunwald hit triples on back-to-back Crusader possessions to trim the gap to seven just 1:50 later.
A Wingerd jumper stretched the lead back to 55-43 with 5:02 to play before a Boone three-point play capped a 9-2 stretch that made it a five-point game with 1:48 showing.
Rybak and Wingerd each canned a pair of free throws in the final 20 seconds to secure the team's seventh win of the season, matching last season's win total.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Ursinus on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Game time is 7 p.m.