SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Scoring just 18 points in the second half, the Susquehanna University women's basketball team's offense struggled mightily in its 50-40 loss to McDaniel Wednesday night at O.W. Houts Gymnasium.
Susquehanna (10-2) suffered just its second loss of the season and its first since Nov. 27, ending a streak of seven straight wins. The 18 points were the lowest scored by Susquehanna in any half this season; its previous low was 22 in its other lost against Lycoming. The River Hawks also set season-lows in points scored and field goal percentage.
Susquehanna was down by two at the half, just the third time all year the River Hawks were trailing at intermission. In the first half, Susquehanna shot just 32 percent while scoring 22 points, its second lowest total in the first half this season. The third quarter didn't get much better as the River Hawks offensive struggles continued with McDaniel starting the third quarter on a 9-2 run. But Susquehanna, which didn't score its first basket until the quarter was over four minutes old, countered with a 7-0 run capped by a Nikki Komara 3-pointer. But McDaniel answered with five quick points in the final 38 seconds, including a buzzer-beating 3 to take the seven-point lead into the fourth quarter. The closest Susquehanna would get the rest of the way was five points, the final time coming with 34 seconds remaining on a Courtney Adams putback but McDaniel hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to take the 10-point win.
Susquehanna which scored 26 points in the final three quarters, shot a season-low 27 percent (15-55) while hitting just 2-of-15 3's. It also scored just 12 points in the paint, also a season-low. Adams, earning her first start of the season, led Susquehanna with 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, her first double-double of the season. Komara, while battling foul trouble all game, was the only other River Hawk in double-figures with 10 points, five rebounds and four steals. Senior Lexi Biggs-Garcia added six points and eight rebounds while freshman Janine Conway had eight points and two rebounds.
Susquehanna gets back on the court on Saturday, January 7 when it plays its second conference game of the season as it hosts Moravian at 2 p.m.