Tournament MVP Bailey Trell scored 16 points and Megan McFadden, who was an All-Tournament selection, added 18 points to lead the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team to a 74-55 victory over Thiel College Sunday afternoon in the championship game of the Susquehanna Trailways Tipoff Tournament in O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.
The win for Susquehanna (2-0) gave the River Hawks their fourth consecutive tournament title.
After Courtney Adams opened the scoring with a jumper, Thiel (1-2) took a lead with a 3-pointer.
Adams followed with another basket to regain the lead and sparked a 13-4 run as Susquehanna built an early eight-point advantage.
The River Hawks started the second quarter with a 21-12 lead but Trell connected on a pair of free throws followed by a McFadden layup and then Trell added another five points with a jumper and a 3-pointer as Susquehanna built a 16-point edge. Another 3-pointer by Trell and a basket by Tess Nichols stretched the lead to 21 at 35-14 and the River Hawks held a comfortable 39-23 lead at the end of the first half.
In the third quarter, Thiel outscored the River Hawks 19-14 to cut the lead to 11 points at 53-42 but Susquehanna regrouped as freshman Nevin Hoenninger scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to regain the 18-point advantage. After the Tomcats scored to stop the run, Trell added a four-point play with a 3-pointer and a foul shot as she was fouled after the shot and Susquehanna took a 20-point lead at 64-44 with 5:32 left.
McFadden and Trell were the only two players in double figures scoring. Nichols and Erin McQuillen scored eight points each and Adams finished with six points and 11 rebounds.
The River Hawks return to action next Sunday after the Thanksgiving holiday with a home game against Lycoming at 4 p.m. in Houts Gymnasium.