Waynesburg Yellow Jackets at Green Terror [WBB]

Read my article “Terror Women Stung by Waynesburg in Upset ECAC Loss” 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 lost what would be their final game of the 2015-2016 campaign on Wednesday night in their ECAC first round matchup against Waynesburg 78-73.

The No. 7 Yellow Jackets upset the No. 2 Green Terror with a late third and fourth quarter comeback to advance to the South Final in this year’s ECAC tournament against Stevenson on Saturday.

McDaniel (21-7) found themselves with an early lead thanks to senior and repeat Centennial Conference Player of the Year Lindsey Nichols who scored 27 points, shooting 5-for-13 and 11-for-26 on 3s and field goals respectively.

Terror junior Karli Zeps led the team with 15 rebounds and added on 21 points of her own, shooting 8-for-15 on field goals.

McDaniel shot 26-for-68 on field goals, a mark of 38.2 percent. Waynesburg put up 28-for-56 numbers, a 50 percent rate. The difference in field goal success was an obvious factor in the game’s outcome.

Free throws and 3s were much more even. The Jackets shot 14-for-21, 66.7 percent, on free throws and 8-for-20, 40 percent, on 3s. The Terror shot 15-for-23 on free throws and 6-for-18 on 3s, marks of 65.2 percent and 33.3 percent, respectively.

The defensive team that they are, McDaniel was able to force 21 Waynesburg turnovers, capitalizing on them for 24 points. The Terror turned the ball over 12 times, leading to as may points for the Jackets.

Their final game of the season, McDaniel finishes with a 21-7 overall record, placing second in the Centennial Conference with a 15-3 record.

Keep your eyes open for a season recap and player profile articles focused on the Women’s Basketball team in the weeks to come.

McDaniel Green Terror at Muhlenberg Mules [WBB]

Read my article “Mules Leave Terror in the Dust in Conference Final” for the McDaniel Free Press here for a full recap of the Centennial Conference Championship game.


ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Green Terror Women’s Basketball team lost to the Muhlenberg Mules for the second year in a row in the Centennial Conference Championship game.

Muhlenberg (24-2, 16-2) negated McDaniel’s early 9-2 lead with strong play from Rachel Plotke, Christina Santone, and Brandi Vallely to defeat the Terror 83-59 on Saturday.

The three Mules combined for 56 points, just three less than the Terror put up as a team.

Plotke scored a game-leading 21, shooting 7-11 on field goals and 5-5 on free throws. Santone netted her 20 points shooting 7-10 and Vallely added her 15 shooting 11-12 on free throws. Vallely also recorded a game-high 13 assists.

As per usual, Lindsey Nichols stepped up for the Terror (21-6, 15-3), scoring a team-high 14 points. Nichols shot 5-11 on field goals and netted four three’s in seven attempts.

Sarah Bach added 10 of her points, shooting 5-12 on field goals.

Jasmine Smith recorded six rebounds and  a team-high five assists. Karli Zeps led the team with seven rebounds.

Playing in the Final game not even a day after the Semifinal game, it was clear that McDaniel had been shot by the Bullets on Friday as they scored just 15 points in each of the first three quarters and 14 in the fourth.

Muhlenberg, however, had plenty of ride left after their 64-56 win over the Dickinson Red Devils (16-10, 11-7) on Friday afternoon. The Mules scored 35 in the first half and then 27 in the third quarter alone. Another 21 in the fourth powered their 83 points.

The shooting percentages didn’t stray too far from the scoring outcome. The Terror shot just 22-77 on field goals, a 28.6 percent mark, while the Mules shot 29-52, a 55.8 percent mark.

Three pointers and free throws were nearly even. McDaniel shot 8-26, 77.8 percent, to the Mules’ 3-11, 27.3 percent on three’s. Free throws hit the 77.8 percent mark, 7-9, for the Terror and 22-28, 78.6 percent, for Muhlenberg. Although percents were nearly identical, note that the Mules hit 22, compared to the Terror’s seven.

With the win in the Conference final the Mules will head to the NCAA tournament for a second year in a row. Not all hope is lost for McDaniel, however. On Monday at 2:30 p.m. the team will find out if they have done enough this season to earn a bid spot in the tournament. Selections for the ECAC will also come out Monday, directly following the NCAA show.

Stay tuned on all the tournament selection action by following the Centennial Conference, McDaniel Athletics, and Atticus Rice on Twitter. Look for more posts recapping the McDaniel Women’s Basketball 2015-2016 season and future games should they get a tournament bid.

Gettysburg Bullets at McDaniel Green Terror [2/26]

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.

Gettysburg Bullets at McDaniel Green Terror [2/20]

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.

Make sure to stay updated on the match by following McDaniel Athletics, the Centennial Conference, and myself on Twitter.