CARLISLE, Pa. – McDaniel used an 11-2 run early in the second half to take control of the game and ultimately defeat Dickinson 67-55 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Wednesday.
Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) matched her career high with 17 points to lead the Green Terror (16-5, 11-4 CC), who clinched its first CC playoff berth since winning the title in 2009-10. Lindsey Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) and Karli Zeps (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) added 10 points apiece. Zeps added eight rebounds.
Liz Schultz led the Red Devils (4-17, 1-15 CC) with 13 points and seven rebounds while Mary Martin added 12 points and six boards.
After Sam Kennedy hit a 3-pointer to put Dickinson in front 27-26 in the first minute of the second half, Zeps hit a layup to spark the game-clinching 11-2 run over a 3-minute, 20-second span to force a Dickinson timeout with 15:38 remaining.
A second Kennedy 3-pointer in the half closed the deficit to 40-36 with 12:22 on the clock before McDaniel tallied seven of the game's next eight points to push the advantage to double digits for the first time fewer than two minutes later.
Back-to-back baskets from McMaster and Zeps stretched the lead to 53-40 with 5:47 to play.
Two Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) free throws made it a 57-45 lead with 3:32 to play before the Red Devils tallied the next five points to close the deficit to seven.
The Green Terror went 7-for-12 from the charity stripe in the final 1:05 to keep the hosts at arm's length.
Keyed by a Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Daupin East) 3-pointer, McDaniel jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the game's first 1:48 before Dickinson put together a 10-0 run to take a 10-5 advantage with 14:00 to play in the first half.
A Nichols 3-pointer knotted the game at 14-all with 9:47 on the clock before two Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) free throws 1:38 later put the Green Terror in front, 16-14.
The two teams traded points over the final 8:09 of the half, culminating with an Eader 15-foot baseline jumper with 1:16 to play that put McDaniel in front 26-24 at the break.
Wingerd added eight points and nine rebounds.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Swarthmore on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.