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The Green Terror, who are unbeaten in Centennial Conference play, lived up to their billing with a 72-60 victory over the Bears.

McDaniel (7-0, 10-2) used 16 players to wear down Ursinus (2-4, 3-6), which played 10.

However, the Bears led early in the contest with strong rebounding and sharp shooting. The Ursinus downfall came in the form of 28 turnovers to just 10 for McDaniel.

"They (Terror) are good," said second-year Ursinus coach Jim Buckley. "I was very proud of the way we played the last two games."

The Bears were coming off a 69-32 loss to Dickinson Tuesday. This is a busy week for the Bears, who are back in action at home today at 1 p.m. against Johns Hopkins.

"We are a young team so we're up and down, up and down," Buckley said. "We have to flatten out."

The Bears led 25-16 with 8:14 left in the first half. The Green Terror then went on a 12-0 run to assume a 28-25 lead at the 2:58 mark.

The Green Terror took a 34-27 lead into the halftime break and never trailed again.

Ursinus freshman forward Mary Kate Daley scored a game-high 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 33 minutes.

The Bears also got a big game from freshman center Molly Guntli, who finished with 16 rebounds, eight points, three blocks and one steal in 29 minutes. She was called for her third personal foul at 3:43 of the first half when the Terror went on their big spree. Sophomore Julia Tramontana, who also plays in the frontcourt, finished with 14 points and five caroms in 22 minutes.

Freshman forward Mallory Greene (Pottsgrove) joined the team at semester break after transferring from West Chester University. She had four rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes off the bench.

"We saw some things we liked," Buckley said. "The girls have fought all year long. They play hard and I am very proud of them."

The Bears finished with a 47-30 advantage on the boards. They shot 24-for-54 (44 percent) from the field to McDaniel's 29-for-70 (41 percent).

Kelly Cramp paced the winners with 17 markers. The junior guard shot 7-for-14 from the floor, including 3-for-3 from 3-point distance.

Buckley talked about his big two players on the glass.

"Molly and Mary Kate always play tough," he said. "They work hard. That is still the name of the game. Then you never know what will happen.

"We gave them all they could handle. We played hard. Even when they built the lead up, we brought it down on the press. That was a good sign."

McDaniel took a 19-point lead at 67-48 with 5:46 left in the second half before Ursinus whittled away.

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