DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Senior Nikki Komara scored a season-high 21 points, including 14 in the second half, as the Susquehanna University women's basketball team held off a late rally from Ursinus in the River Hawks 71-64 win Thursday evening in the Land of Magic Classic at Daytona Beach's Ocean Center. The River Hawks finish the tournament 2-0 while also winning its seventh straight game.
With her 21 points, Komara is now just 33 points away from 1,000 career points. The senior guard also had eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Komara now has 605 career rebounds. Freshman Janine Conway added 14 points, three rebounds and three assists, while hitting all seven of her foul shots. Sophomore Bailey Trell was the third River Hawk in double-figures with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. She also made all five of her shots and both free throws. Freshman Rachel Sweger scored eight points off the bench while hitting two 3-pointers.
Susquehanna held a 35-24 halftime advantage but Ursinus outscored the River Hawks 23-15 in the third quarter to cut the lead down to a manageable three points. Ursinus got within one point with 3:58 remaining but the River Hawks ended the game on a 15-9 run. Junior Courtney Adams scored five of her nine points in the final 2:43, including a 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining to make it an eight-point game. She also had five rebounds and two blocks off the bench. Trell and Komara hit two free throws apiece in final 21 seconds to put game out of reach.
Susquehanna hit 49 percent (25-51) of its shots while knocking down 5-of-9 3's. The River Hawks also made all 16 of its free throws and had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio (15-11) for the second straight game.
Susquehanna is off until the New Year when it hosts McDaniel in a non-conference game on Wednesday, January 4 at 7 p.m.