Janine Conway scored 10 points in the first half including a 3-pointer near the end of the second quarter that capped a 17-1 run for the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team as the River Hawks took a 34-31 lead into the intermission before falling in the second half to No. 3 Scranton by a score of 66-53 Wednesday night in a Landmark Conference game in Scranton.
Scranton (14-0 overall, 3-0 Landmark) led by just two points after the first quarter but opened up a 24-17 lead early in the second period.
Susquehanna (10-4, 1-2) responded with a Nicole Gault 3-pointer that sparked the big second quarter run as the River Hawks took a 34-25 lead with 1:53 remaining in the first half. The Royals scored a pair of late 3-pointers to narrow the gap before the intermission.
Susquehanna started the second half with the first five points of the period for a 39-31 lead but Scranton went on a pivotal 12-0 run to regain the lead at 43-39 at the 4:43 mark of the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Nikki Komara made a jumper for her 10th point of the game. The points put her over the 1,000-career point milestone and trimmed the Scranton lead to 51-45.
Bailey Trell followed with a layup to shave the lead down to four points at 51-47 but Scranton responded with a 10-3 run to open up a double-digit lead with just two minutes to play.
Komara had a layup and a free throw in the closing minutes to bring the River Hawks to within eight points but Scranton closed the game with three free throws for the win.
Komara led Susquehanna with 13 points and added five assists and three steals while Lexi Biggs-Garcia and Conway added 10 points each. Biggs-Garcia also had a team-leading nine rebounds.
The River Hawks return home for a pair of Landmark Conference games Saturday against Elizabethtown and next Wednesday vs. Juniata.