Women's Basketball: Mondoro shoots her way into McDaniel's record books in win over Goucher

Anna Mondoro is McDaniel’s go-to shooter on offense, and with that title comes the challenge nearly every basketball player faces.

In some stretches, the basket seems as wide as the ocean. Other times, there’s an invisible lid closed shut atop the rim.


Mondoro, like every player in her position, keeps shooting.

And shoot she did Thursday night against Goucher, right into the Green Terror’s record books.

Mondoro set a new mark for made 3-pointers and achieved a career high in scoring to lead McDaniel past the Gophers 70-56 at Gill Center.

The Terror (7-4) played their first game in 26 days, and needed most of the first quarter to settle in against their non-conference opponent from Baltimore County. But the home team prevailed behind Mondoro’s offense and its traditional swarming defense — McDaniel scored 24 points off turnovers, and collected 50 rebounds while getting 15 players on the court during the contest.

Mondoro led the way — the junior guard netted 32 points, the most by a Green Terror player in nearly three years. Lindsey Nichols scored 33 against Gettysburg on Jan. 27, 2016.

(Next on McDaniel’s list is Kristy Costa, who scored 34 on Feb. 14, 2006, at Franklin & Marshall.)

And Mondoro sank nine 3-pointers, a new program record, along the way.

At the end of the first month of this season, McDaniel coach Rick Little said Mondoro seemed hesitant in her new role as a consistent shooter. Her technique and form were fine, Little said, but perhaps she just needed a little encouragement from the staff to take shots whenever she wanted to.

Turned out that was it.

“I just love shooting,” Mondoro said. “I’ll take a shot anytime. You don’t even have to tell me twice.”

Mondoro made 23 3-pointers in her first two seasons at McDaniel. She’s up to 37 this year, and at 14.3 points per game she’s among the top scorers in the Centennial Conference.

McDaniel's Jamese Word, right, struggles to keep possession of the ball as Goucher's Alayna McFadden tries for a steal during a women's basketball game at McDaniel College on Jan. 3, 2019..
McDaniel's Jamese Word, right, struggles to keep possession of the ball as Goucher's Alayna McFadden tries for a steal during a women's basketball game at McDaniel College on Jan. 3, 2019.. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)

She was McDaniel’s lone player in double figures Thursday, and the Terror needed the output to fend off Goucher (5-7). The Gophers tied the score at 40-40 late in third quarter, when Shelby Apostol converted a three-point play.

Mondoro responded with four points in McDaniel’s next two possessions, and canned a 3-pointer with 48 seconds to play in the third. She drained another long ball early in the fourth, and again with 4:41 minutes to play that put McDaniel ahead 60-48.

It was part of a 17-6 run midway through the fourth quarter that sealed the win.


“I know were Anna and Caroline [Ward] are,” said senior guard Renie Tsomos, referring to McDaniel’s sharp shooters. “I know who’s on, who I’m looking for. They make my job a lot easier.”

Alayna McFadden paced the Gophers with 20 points and Nioel Wolard had 12 to go with nine rebounds. Anise Williams led Goucher with 10 boards.

The Green Terror got nine rebounds from Tsomos, eight from Liv Storer, and six from Mondoro. Ward had seven points, and Storer scored eight.

The Terror missed their first nine shots, and trailed 9-0, before sophomore guard Allyson Shipley ended the drought with a short-range jumper. Mondoro took over from there — she drained four 3-pointers and scored 15 points in the first quarter, and McDaniel closed the frame on a 17-5 run.

McDaniel took a 29-24 lead with less than one minute to play in the half, but Goucher trimmed the deficit to 29-26 on a layup from Wolard.

Little said the sluggish start was a product of not paying live competition in almost a month. But hustle on defense, and warming up on offense, came together at the right time for the Terror.

They resume Centennial Conference play this Saturday with a road matchup at Swarthmore.

“The good thing is, and I tell them, it’s never an energy thing,” Little said. “They’re always there. And they’re positive on the bench with each other. All 16 of them.”