Read my article “Terror Women Downed by Gettysburg” for the McDaniel Free Press here for a full recap and exclusive interview with Terror Coach Becky Martin.
WESTMINSTER, Md. – The McDaniel Green Terror Women’s Basketball team faced off against the Gettysburg Bullets today at the Gill Center.
The Bullets (18-5, 12-5 CC) triumphed 74-63 over the Terror (20-5, 15-3 CC).
McDaniel had previously beat the Bullets 73-60 on Jan. 27 in Gettysburg, Pa.
The two teams will see each other for their rubber match on Feb. 26 at the Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament in Allentown, Pa. The winner of their semifinal match will play the conference champions and hosts the Muhlenberg Mules (22-2, 16-2 CC) on Feb. 27. Both game times are to be decided.
The Green Terror and Mules split their pair of games this season with the visiting team taking home the ‘W’ in each outing.
For McDaniel to win on Friday they must force Gettysburg to work like they did in their first meeting of the season, something they failed to do on Saturday.
While the Terror forced 24 Bullets’ turnovers turned them into 20 points in their loss, they accumulated only 28 rebounds to Gettysburg’s 45. McDaniel also scored just eight second chance points, half that of the Bullets.
Back in January the Terror scored 12 second chance points to the Bullets’ five. Rebounds were nearly even with Gettysburg taking the 34-32 advantage.
Shooting percentage was down on Saturday too. McDaniel shot just 34.9 percent on field goals to the Bullets’ 50.9 percent, the difference in the game. In their first meeting the percentages were more even, but still in favor of the Bullets. McDaniel went 26-63 (41.3) and Gettysburg shot 24-53 (45.3).
The takeaway here is that McDaniel really did make Gettysburg work for it on the Bullets’ home court. The numbers were consistently more even in Gettysburg, but the Terror came out on top through their perseverance.
The Terror will also need to see more support from their bench in order to beat the Bullets for a second time this season. On Saturday their bench scored just nine points to the Bullets’ 17.
Overall more McDaniel women need to step up and start scoring.
25 of McDaniel’s 65 points came from conference-leading scorer Lindsey Nichols. Nichols averages 19.6 points per game, 2.5 higher than the next leading scorer.
Karli Zeps scored 10 on Saturday, 1.4 less than her average of 11.4 points per game. Zeps sits at 13th on the scoring leaderboard.
Bullets Emma Dorshimer and Jessica Porter hold fifth and eighth, respectively. Mules Rachel Plotke, Brandi Vallely, and Christina Santone hold second, sixth, and 12th, respectively.
It is clear that the Terror have their work cut out for them come Friday up in Allentown.
Although known for their defense, the Terror hold just one spot in the top ten rebound leaders in the conference, occupied by Zeps. The Mules and Bullets have three and one, respectively.
On par with their exceptional defense, Nichols and Zeps hold the second and third spots for steals this season with 64 and 58. Valley of the Mules hold first with 81. McDaniel’s Jasmine Smith is tied for eighth with 42.
The entire conference tournament will be livestreamed on CentennialConference.tv next weekend for those unable to make it to Muhlenberg College.
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