Women's Basketball: McDaniel strong-arms Swarthmore with big opening statement

Women's Basketball: McDaniel strong-arms Swarthmore with big opening statement
McDaniel's Renie Tsomos moves the ball against Gettysburg in their 2017-18 game at Gill Center. (Times File Photo)

McDaniel College went on a 20-6 run in the first quarter and shot 51.6 percent in the first half to build a 38-13 lead en route to a 66-32 victory over Swarthmore on Wednesday night at Gill Center in Centennial Conference women’s basketball action.

Renie Tsomos led the Green Terror (10-6, 5-6 Centennial) with 14 points. Liv Storer added 12 points, and Anna Mondoro chipped in 11. McDaniel won for the fourth time in six games.


Erin Cronin led the Garnet (2-13, 1-9) with eight points.

After Storer and Cronin traded baskets, Tsomos hit a 15-foot jumper to spark an 18-2 run. Six different Green Terror players scored during the run. Christina Holmgreen pulled up on the break to hit a jumper with 12 seconds remaining to make it a 20-6 game at the end of the first quarter.

Three points from Storer and a Mondoro 3-pointer stretched the lead to 20 just 1:25 into the second quarter. The lead remained between 19 and 25 points throughout the remainder of the period en route to a 38-13 halftime lead.

Caroline Ward opened the second half with a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 28.

Back-to-back Storer baskets after an Abigail Pirron layup pushed the lead to 30 for the first time at the 5:54 mark. A Mondoro triple in the final 25 seconds made it a 52-20 game heading to the fourth quarter.

A 9-0 run over a 3-minute, 42-second stretch gave McDaniel its largest lead of the game at 36 with 1:40 to play.

McDaniel forced 13 Swarthmore turnovers in the first half and posted its best first-half field-goal percentage defense of the season, holding the Garnet to just 23.8 percent shooting.

Six Green Terror players scored five or more points in the game. Emily Metzger collected six rebounds and three assists, while Jamese Word grabbed five boards.

Jayce Klingenberg (Manchester Valley) had six points, four rebounds, and one blocked shot.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Dickinson on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

At halftime of that game, the school will recognize former women’s coach Becky Martin with a special ceremony. The basketball court inside Gill Center will officially be re-named Rebecca L. Martin Court.

Martin, the winningest coach in Centennial women’s hoops history, left her post before the season began after she announced she was dealing with pancreatic cancer.