McDaniel women's NCAA bid ends against Marymount, 68-64

Green Terror falls short in Division III round of 16

College Basketball

March 13, 2004|By Bruce Wells | Bruce Wells,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ARLINGTON, Va. - A common clichM-i in basketball circles involves a team leaving its heart out on the court. There's not much doubt that was the case for the McDaniel women's team last night. There were plenty of tears and heartbreak at the end.

The Green Terror suffered a painful, 68-64 loss to Marymount in the round of 16 of the NCAA Division III tournament.

"We kind of lost our composure toward the end," said McDaniel's Toby McIntire. "We couldn't get a good shot off and we needed to penetrate a little more and just couldn't get it done toward the end."

The Green Terror trailed 7-0 before it was able to convert its first basket three minutes into the first half. McDaniel then trailed by as many as 10 points in the half before going on a nine-point run that cut Marymount's lead to two.

The Saints used a punishing inside game to gain some breathing room and went to the locker room leading 37-31.

Kelly Cramp's three-pointer to open the second half seemed to spark McDaniel, and it used its press defense to shut down Marymount. Kristy Costa scored 11 points in the first seven minutes of the second half to help the Green Terror take its first lead of the game at 48-46 with 13:04 remaining.

What had been a physical game to begin with at times took on the appearance of a street game, complete with flying elbows and hockey-like body contact.

McDaniel opened up a 54-48 advantage with 10:15 to play, but couldn't hold on.

"Once we got the lead, we [the coaching staff] thought we had it under control," said the Green Terror's coach, Becky Martin. "But we had a couple of critical turnovers ... "

Marymount chipped away at the lead, finally going back in front at 65-64 on a driving layup by Randy Jones with 34 seconds left. Costa then missed on an open shot that would have restored the lead to the Green Terror with 14.3 seconds to play, and Sara Franz had a wide-open look at a potentially game winning three-pointer, but her shot rattled the rim before slipping away with 4.5 to play.

The buzzer sounded on McDaniel's season and the tears flowed.

"It didn't go as far as we wanted," said McIntire, "but it went further then we expected."

McDANIEL - Costa 9-12 2-2 20, Pundt 1-5 3-4 5, McIntire 1-6 0-0 2, Cramp 4-15 0-0 11, Franz 2-4 0-0 5, Weimer 5-6 0-0 11, Powell 1-6 0-0 2, Watson 0-2 0-0 0, Barnes 0-2 0-0 0, Hess 1-1 0-0 2, Biggs 3-6 0-1 6. Totals 27-65 5-7 64. MARYMOUNT - Jarvis 5-7 8-8 18, Murphy 0-4 1-2 1, Jones 4-10 0-0 9, Rowland 4-11 2-2 13, Benjamin 7-14 1-6 15, Calhoun 0-2 2-2 2, Grogan 0-4 2-2 2, Courter 2-6 0-0 5, Magnani 1-7 1-1 3. Totals 23-65 17-23 68. Half: Marymount, 37-31. Rebounds - McD 37 (Pundt 7), M 47 (Benjamin 13), Assists - McD 19 (McIntire 10), M 8 (Jarvis 2). A - NA.

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