Perez nets 18 in ECAC victory

Steph Perez (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Steph Perez (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel outscored Delaware Valley 45-26 in the second half to rally for a 73-58 victory in the first round of the 2014 ECAC South women's basketball tournament on Wednesday.

Steph Perez (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) led the second-seeded Green Terror (20-6) with 18 points while Lindsey Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) added 13 points off the bench. With the win, McDaniel advances to Saturday's semifinals and will take on St. Vincent at Catholic. Game time is yet to be determined.

Breanna Coll led the Aggues (15-12), who were the seventh seed in the tournament, with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Trailing 32-28 at the break, Perez canned a triple 54 seconds into the second half.

Eirann Anastasi responded with a jumper before Karli Zeps (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) and Coll traded jumpers to keep it a three-point game with 16:32 to play.

A Perez 3-pointer – one of her five on the night – evened the game 13 seconds later. Back-to-back baskets from Nichols gave McDaniel a 40-36 lead nearly two minutes later.

Coll cut the deficit in half before an Emma Wingerd (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) basket and two Codi McMaster (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove) free throws pushed the lead to six.

Coll canned a 3-pointer to once again cut the lead in half before Wingerd hit a layup to ignite an 11-0 run that gave McDaniel control of the game with 8:42 on the clock.

The swelled as high as 73-49 on an Emillee Bosley (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) 3-pointer with 3:35 to play before the Aggies tallied the game's final nine points to set the final margin.

Behind nine points from Coll, Delaware Valley jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the game's first 3:40.

Trailing 26-19, Brittney Davis (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) drained a triple with 5:24 to play and Perez followed with a 3-pointer of her own 2 minutes, 38 seconds later to draw the hosts within one.

McMaster added a jumper to give McDaniel its first lead with 2:03 to play.

Six straight Aggie points pushed the advantage to 32-27 before Allie Eader (Ijamsville, Md./Linganore) hit one free throw with 2.8 seconds left in the first half to make it a four-point game at the break.

Wingerd added 10 points and seven rebounds while Eader chipped in seven points and six assists. McMaster also handed out a career-best six helpers to go with nine points and a season-best five steals.