Rochester Athletics – Loren Wagner and Danielle McNabb scored four points each in a game-ending 14-2 run as Rochester defeated Roberts Wesleyan, 56-44, in the Wendy’s Classic Championship Game.
The Yellowjackets needed that run because Roberts battled back from a 17-point halftime deficit and finally tied the score at 42-all with 7:18 to play.
Jodie Luther started the winning rally with a layup. Laney Ming scored in the lane, McNabb made two free throws, Wagner hit a hook shot and a layup, and McNabb made a layup. That put Rochester up, 54-42. Lindsay Kendall made two free throws for Roberts before Jackie Walker closed the scoring with two free throws.
This is Rochester’s seventh straight Wendy’s Classic Championship and its ninth title in the last 10 years. The Yellowjackets have beaten Roberts Wesleyan in each of the last three title games. Rochester is 7-0. Roberts Wesleyan is 6-3.
McNabb was selected as the Classic’s Most Valuable Player. She scored a career high 15 points, hitting 6 of 10 from the floor, 1 of 2 outside the arc, and both free throws.
She was joined on the All-Tournament First Team by Ming (six points, five assists, one turnover, one steal) and Walker ( 13 points, career high 11 rebounds). Marissa Bunce and Kendall represented Roberts Wesleyan.
In the first half, Walker gave the Yellowjackets a great boost, scoring 11 points and collecting eight rebounds in 11 minutes. McNabb scored nine points. Luther had six.
McNabb scored five points – including a trey – and Walker added four more in a 12-2 run over five minutes that put Rochester ahead, 19-11, with 10:37 left in the half.
Roberts answered, getting four points from Lindsay Kendall, and drew within five, 21-16, with 6:51 left. Rochester closed the half with a 16-4 run. Walker and Luther scored six points apiece in the run with all six of Luther’s points coming in under a minute. She hit a jumper in the circle, made a fast break layup on a long pass from Ming, then added a layup. The burst gave Rochester a 37-20 lead at the half.
Read more about the Lady Yellowjacket’s rise to the top at http://www.uofrathletics.com/index.aspx?path=wbball&tab=_basketball.
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