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Late rally carries McDaniel to seventh straight

Ashley Lyles © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Ashley Lyles © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Green Terror overcomes 10-point deficit to notch 76-66 overtime win against Haverford

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Eight of Ashley Lyles' (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) season-high 14 points came in the final 5:50 of regulation and overtime to help McDaniel erase a 10-point deficit and defeat visiting Haverford 76-66 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday.

Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) netted 18 points to pace the Green Terror (7-4, 6-2 CC) while Katelyn Fischer (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) added a career-high 16 points and matched her career best with seven assists in the team's seventh straight win.

Nina Voith led all scorers with 24 for the Fords (3-7, 1-6 CC) but was limited to just five points after halftime.

Trailing 59-49 with 5:50 to play, Lyles converted a pair of free throws to spark an 11-0 run that gave McDaniel its first lead since midway through the first half with 3:17 to play in regulation.

A Fischer three-point play on the break with 4:47 to play and Moreland layup on the break 50 seconds later pulled the hosts within one before Lyles, who was 10 of 12 from the line, gave the Green Terror a one-point lead.

Sara Cram responded at the other end with a layup to momentarily put Haverford back in front.

Lylees converted, however, on a putback off a Moreland missed 3-pointer, to put McDaniel on top by one with 2:23 to play.

A single Voith free throw knotted the game with 2:02 showing before Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) converted from the middle of the lane with 36.5 seconds showing to give the Green Terror a two-point lead.

Dominique Meeks, who finished with 16 points, hit a driving layup with 26.6 seconds showing and McDaniel held for the final shot of regulation but could not convert.

The Green Terror won the overtime tip and Fischer hit a second-chance layup to give her team the lead for good 34 seconds into the extra session.

After the Fords shot nearly 60 percent through the first 40 minutes, they could convert just one of their six attempts in overtime while McDaniel hit 3 of 8 from the field and 6 of 12 from the free-throw line to pull away.

A Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) pull-up 3-pointer on the break capped an 8-2 run to open the game.

Five straight Moreland points once again pushed the lead to six at 15-9 with 13:43 to play before Haverford went on an 18-5 run over the next nearly eight minutes to take a 27-20 lead with 5:51 to play in the opening half.

A Fischer layup closed the deficit to 27-26 just 1:24 later before Voith hit a 3-pointer at the other end to stretch the lead back to four.

An Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 11 seconds remaining trimmed the deficit to 34-33 but Voith just beat the halftime buzzer from the elbow to make it a three-point game at the break.

A Meeks jumper with 14:57 to play in the second half stretched the lead to 46-36 but the Green Terror whittled the deficit to 50-46 with 8:42 to play before a 9-3 burst swelled the advantage to 10 once again.

Lyles added eight rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots to her 14 points while Moreland chipped in eight rebounds and three assists. Fischer contributed six rebounds and four steals.

McDaniel returns to action at No. 10 Muhlenberg on Tuesday. Game time is 6 p.m.


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