February 9, 2013

Rybak tallies 12 in home finale

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Muhlenberg hit eight first-half 3-pointers to help build a 40-29 advantage en route to a 67-47 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday.

Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) reached double figures for the sixth straight game, leading the Green Terror (11-13, 8-11 CC) in her final collegiate home game with 12 points.

Kate Clawson led four players in double figures for the Mules (15-8, 12-6 CC) with 15 points. Alita Zabrecky added 14 points while Nicole Pepe contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Rush rounded out the quartet with 11 points.

Behind 3-pointers from Zabrecky and Pepe, Muhlenberg jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the game's first 4:34 before Rybak hit a jumper to spark a 9-0 run.

Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) hit two free throws before Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) drained a 3-pointer to give McDaniel a one-point edge with 13:20 showing.

A Perez rebound-and-outlet pass to Rybak resulted in a 14-foot pullup jumper in the lane and an 11-8 lead with 13:01 to play, forcing a Mule timeout.

Two Zabrecky free throws and a Clawson layup put Muhlenberg back in front 1 minute, 20 seconds later before Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) hit the first of two free throws to knot the game at 12-all.

Clawson and Davis exchanged baskets  before Clawson answered right back to give her team the lead for good with 10:36 to play, sparking an 11-2 run in the process.

Rush hit two 3-pointers and Clawson added a third during the 2-minute, 11-second burst.

A Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) jumper and Perez 3-pointer closed the deficit to four before Clawson hit another 3-pointer to push the advantage out to 28-21 with 5:52 to play.

Rybak closed the deficit to five 16 seconds later but Pepe hit a triple to spark a 12-6 close to the half.

Two Davis free throws and a Rybak jumper trimmed the margin to 42-33 just 1:33 into the second half but seven straight Muhlenberg points stretched the lead to 16 with 15:58 showing and McDaniel never drew any closer than 14 the rest of the way.

Perez finished with nine points and four assists. McMaster tallied four points, four assists and three rebounds while Eader recorded five points and four rebounds.

The Green Terror concludes the season at Gettysburg on Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.

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