ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Meeting for their rubber match of the 2015-2016 season, the McDaniel Green Terror Women’s Basketball squad took to the floor at Muhlenberg College against the Gettysburg Bullets on Friday in the Centennial Conference Semifinal.
The Terror (21-5, 15-2) triumphed and took the season series, 79-62, just six days after the Bullets (19-6, 13-5) won at McDaniel.
McDaniel was led by starters Lindsey Nichols and Karli Zeps who scored 26 and 24 points, respectively. Brittney Davis added 12 with 11 assists.
The Bullets were highlighted by Jessica Porter with 21 points and Emma Dorshimer with 16.
McDaniel came out firing to start the game, taking an 4-0 lead in the first 42 seconds and doubled their score in the next two minutes. Zeps, Jasmine Smith, Davis, and Nichols teamed together for the lead.
With 16 seconds to go in the first, the Bullet’s Kim Ryan hit a three, bringing Gettysburg within six at 14-20. Nichols wasn’t having any of that and answered with a three of her own, extending the Terror lead to 23-14 to end the period.
Gettysburg fought back, coming within one halfway through the second with the score at 27-28, but Nichols once again sunk a three and the hopes of the Bullets.
With less than two minutes to play in the first half the Bullets finally took their first lead of the game, scoring consecutive layups from Porter and Emily Duggan, the score now 34-33.
Zeps answered with a layup of her own, but Porter dropped another, ending the half with the Bullets up 36-35.
The teams flirted with the lead at the start of the third with Gettysburg holding multiple three point advantages.
Nichols and Zeps brought the Terror back into it with four made free throws and the Terror once again held a lead at 43-42.
McDaniel ended the third on a 13-4 run and took the lead for good.
By the end of the fourth Terror players left and right were scoring, leading McDaniel to their 79-62 win and their place in the Conference final against Muhlenberg on Saturday.
Leading scorers Nichols and Zeps shot 9-27 and 10-16 on field goals, respectively, with Nichols shooting 4-11 on three’s.
The Bullets led the field goal shooting percentage at 45.8, but that came from shooting 27-59 as a team. McDaniel shot slightly lower at 42.6, 29-68. Three’s were also fairly even with Gettysburg earning a 31.6 mark on 6-19 and McDaniel a 30.8 mark on 4-13.
The difference was free throws. The Terror shot exceptionally well at 89.5 percent, sinking 17 of their 19 attempts. The Bullets shot 2-2.
Although a defensive team, McDaniel was out-rebounded by nearly double as the Bullets caught 45 to their 25.
The Terror made the difference up on turnovers, however, forcing Gettysburg to give the ball up 26 times. McDaniel lost it just five.
Rightfully restating their title as second best in the conference, finishing just behind Muhlenberg (23-2, 15-2), the Green Terror will return on Saturday to play in the rematch of last year’s Conference Final against the Mules. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. at Muhlenberg College.