WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel forced 27 Franklin & Marshall turnovers to help key a 54-44 victory in the Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball opener for both teams on Wednesday.
Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) led the Green Terror (3-0, 1-0 CC) to its first 3-0 start since 2003-04 with her second straight double-double double, recording a team-high 14 points to go with 11 rebounds.
Hannah Rose Nussbaum led the Diplomats (1-2, 0-1 CC) with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Emma Lisle and Kristina McCarthy added 13 and 11 rebounds, respectively, as part of a 53-38 advantage on the glass.
Trailing 2-1, Wingerd hit a jumper with 16:25 remaining in the first half to give McDaniel the lead for good.
Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) added the first four of her 13 points in a 20-seocond span to stretch the lead to 7-2 with 14:47 on the clock before Nussbaum converted a four-point play to close the deficit to one 2:01 later.
Emilee Bosley (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) responded with a triple of her own and Karli Zeps (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) hit a layup to make it a 12-6 game with 10:58 showing.
Three points from Jessica Dowitz closed the deficit to one before Wingerd hit the first of two free throws with 8:16 showing, sparking a 12-1 burst that stretched the lead to 24-12 with 2:57 on the clock.
A Nussbaum 3-pointer made it a 28-20 game at the break.
A single Lisle free throw with 13:17 remaining in the second half closed the deficit to 36-31 but the Green Terror scored the game's next 10 points to stretch the advantage to its largest point just 4 minutes, 34 seconds later en route to the 10-point victory.
Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) added game highs of five assists and four steals to go with her four points and five rebounds.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Bryn Mawr on Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.