Nichols tallies 15 in semis
HAVERFORD, Pa. – An 8-0 Johns Hopkins second-half run opened up a double-digit lead en route to a 64-55 victory over McDaniel in the 2014 Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball semifinals on Friday.
Lindsey Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St Mark's) scored 15 points to lead the Green Terror (19-6), who will now await the selection of the ECAC field on Monday to see if its season continues.
Liz Tommasi and Ciara McCullagh combined for 42 points to pace the Blue Jays (18-7), who advance to Saturday's championship game to take on top-seeded Haverford. Tommasi netted 22 points while McCullagh had 20.
Two Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) free throws stretched the lead to 47-44 with 10:24 on the clock before Tommasi hit a layup on the break and a pair of triples to account for an 8-0 stretch that gave Johns Hopkins a 52-47 lead that forced a timeout with 7:42 showing.
The lead swelled as high as 11 on a Tommasi layup 1:50 later before a pair of Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) layups keyed a 6-1 burst that trimmed the margin to 59-53 with 3:51 showing.
Two Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) free throws closed the deficit to 60-55 with 1:12 remaining but that's as close as the Green Terror would get.
A Katie Clark 3-pointer opened up a 9-5 advantage for Johns Hopkins with 15:21 to play in the opening half before Perez and Alyssa March (Fallston, Md./Fallston) hit back-to-back buckets to even the game 56 seconds later.
Baskets from Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Nichols opened up a 19-15 lead for McDaniel with 8:34 showing.
A McCullagh three-point play capped a 5-0 burst for the Blue Jays before the Green Terror countered with six straight for a 25-20 advantage.
Trailing 27-25 on a Perez layup with 3:02 to play in the first half, a McCullagh three-point play and Tommasi jumper gave Johns Hopkins a 30-27 lead at the break.
A Tommasi free throw stretched the advantage to 34-30 with 17:35 remaining in the second half.
Two Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) hit a pair of free throws to swing the lead back to McDaniel with 13:41 showing, 40-39.
Wingerd added 10 points while Perez tallied nine.