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Perez tallies 20 for third time

Steph Perez  2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Steph Perez 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Swarthmore outscored McDaniel by a 24 points over a seven-minute stretch in the first half en route to a 65-49 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory on Tuesday.

Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) netted 20 points to lead the Green Terror (7-6, 4-5 CC), who dropped its third straight game since returning to action in 2012. Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) added 14 points.

Katie Lytle and Eliza Polli paced the Garnet (5-7, 3-5 CC) with 12 points each while Genny Pezzola chipped in 11.

Trailing 4-2, Nicole Rizzo hit a 3-pointer with 14:05 to play to spark a 25-1 run over the next 7 minutes, 10 seconds to turn the two-point deficit into a 27-5 lead.

Perez canned a triple from the top of the arc to snap an 0-for-6 stretch and momentarily halt the stretch with 5:57 remaining.

Polli responded with a 3-pointer of her own before Stephanie Fish (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) converted a layup to return the deficit to 20.

A Kayla Moritzky 3-pointer gave the hosts their largest lead at 33-10 with 4:58 to play in the stanza.

Another Perez trey drew McDaniel to within 18 but Lytle hit two free throws in the final 16 seconds to make it a 38-18 game at the break.

Trailing 45-24 on a Polli 3-pointer, Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) hit a layup with 15:20 to play, sparking a 7-0 burst that closed the deficit to 12 just 3:13 later – the first of four times McDaniel would pull within 12. The Green Terror would get no closer in the second half.

After Wingerd hit a 3-pointer to make it a 52-40 game with 4:32 to play, the Garnet tallied nine of the game's next 11 points to stretch the lead back to 19 with 2:08 on the clock and seal the win.

Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) didn't score for the first time this season but added four assists and six rebounds. Wingerd added six rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Haverford on Thursday. Game time is 6 p.m.