ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Muhlenberg closed the first half on a 15-5 run to take a 25-18 lead into the locker room en route to a 66-48 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball victory over McDaniel on Saturday.
Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) paced the Green Terror (5-5, 2-4 CC) with her second double-double of the year, recording 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) added 10 points.
Alita Zabrecky led the Mules (8-3, 5-1 CC) with 23 points to go with six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
After a Leeann Lanza layup to open the game, Rybak hit a second-chance jumper on the ensuing Green Terror possession.
Rybak added a second straight basket to take a 4-2 lead before Erin Laney knotted the game at 4-all with 17:52 o play.
Another Rybak bucket, however, sparked a 5-0 burst that gave the visitors a five-point lead.
After Rybak put McDaniel on top 13-10 with 10:49 on the clock, Zabrecky responded 12 seconds with her first of five straight points that gave the hosts the lead for good.
Two Lanza free throws extended the advantage to as large as 25-16 with 2:53 remaining before Stephanie Fish (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial) scored in the final 10 seconds of the first half to make it a seven-point game at the break.
Wingerd drew the Green Terror within five, converting a putback on the opening possession of the second half but the Mules reeled off 10 straight points to take a 35-20 lead with 16:55 showing.
Five of Steph Perez's (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) eight points and six straight Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) points keyed a 16-5 counter that closed the deficit to four just 4:47 later.
A Zabrecky three-point play, however, quickly pushed the lead back to seven and McDaniel could get no closer than six the rest of the way.
Davis finished with nine points and three assists.
The Green Terror returns to action at Haverford on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.