McDaniel’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are back in action this week, with Centennial Conference play set to resume and both Green Terror squads poised to regain some momentum.
The Terror men are at the bottom of the conference standings at 1-4. The women (2-4) are seventh out of 10 teams.
Plenty of room for improvement, and McDaniel has one more non-conference matchup — Jan. 3 against Goucher — before getting back into the Centennial portion of the season.
The men are coming off a 90-70 victory last Sunday against Bryn Athyn in the second of their two-game holiday tournament in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Freshman guard Mike Wallace led the Green Terror (4-7) with eight assists and 22 points, his best college total.
Wallace made five 3-pointers in the game, and McDaniel jumped out to a 47-28 halftime lead.
Junior swingman Caleb Johnson notched 13 points and 16 rebounds against Bryn Athyn — his first double-double for McDaniel since coming in as a transfer from Cecil College.
Aaron Washington, another junior guard and a transfer, leads McDaniel in scoring at 14.4 points per game. Washington’s average is sixth best among Centennial players. He had 22 points in the Green Terror’s holiday tourney opener Dec. 29, a 70-61 loss to Johnson & Wales.
Meanwhile, Wallace and teammate Stephen Lang, a sophomore guard, lead the Centennial in 3-point percentage. Lang is making 58.8 percent of his 3s (10-for-17) while Wallace is at 50 percent (13-for-26).
McDaniel gets back into Centennial action Jan. 8 when the Terror host Ursinus at Gill Center, the first of three games in five days. A road game at Haverford comes Jan. 10, then Swarthmore visits the Hill on Jan. 12.
The Garnet (8-2) are one of many teams tied for second in the conference at 3-2, so jockeying for position will be key in January.
McDaniel’s women’s team gets its first action in nearly a month when Goucher visits on Jan. 3. The Green Terror (6-4) then travel to Swarthmore on Jan. 5 before hosting first-place Muhlenberg three days later.
Then it’s at Ursinus on Jan. 10 and on the road against Haverford on Jan. 12.
Caroline Ward, a sophomore guard, leads McDaniel in scoring at 12.9 points per game. Anna Mondoro, a junior guard, is next at 12.5, and junior forward Liv Storer is at 9.7. Storer leads the Green Terror with 7.7 rebounds per game.
Ward is establishing herself as McDaniel’s go-to player on offense. After seeing action in 21 games (one start) as a freshman, she has started all 10 games this season. Ward leads the team in 3-point percentage at 40.4, which is among the best in the Centennial so far.
Mondoro drained six 3-pointers in the Terror’s most recent game, a 76-67 loss to Franklin & Marshall on Dec. 8.