Tess Nichols scored a career-high 20 points including 13 in the second half to help the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team close a double-digit lead to just five points with three minutes left in the game but Lycoming went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead and held on for an 85-75 win Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.
Susquehanna (2-1) lost for the first time this season after winning the season-opening Susquehanna Trailways Tipoff Tournament before the Thanksgiving break. Lycoming (3-1) won its second straight game.
The teams battled back and forth in the first quarter and Courtney Adams hit a 3-pointer late in the quarter to give Susquehanna a four-point lead but Lycoming scored the final six points of the period to take a 23-21 lead.
The Warriors stretched the lead to as many as 12 points in the second quarter but a Bailey Trell jumper with 1:34 left before halftime capped a 9-0 run as the River Hawks trimmed the lead to three points at 37-34. Lycoming took a 40-34 lead into the intermission.
Trell had a 3-pointer early in the second half to cut the lead to one and the teams stayed close for the rest of the period before Lycoming converted a three-point play with nine seconds to go in the quarter to take a 4-point lead into the final quarter with a 57-53 lead.
Lycoming used five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead to as many as 13 points with a 73-60 advantage with six minutes remaining. The River Hawks answered with an 11-3 run including a pair of 3-pointers by Nichols and cut the lead to five at 76-71 over a two-minute stretch.
The Warriors closed out the game with a 9-4 run for the final margin of victory.
Nichols was one of four players in double-figures scoring for Susquehanna as Trell and Rachel Sweger each scored 12 and Megan McFadden added 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. McFadden also led the River Hawks with seven assists, Nichols added three steals and Adams contributed three blocks to go along with her nine points.
Susquehanna returns to action with its first road game of the season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. game at King's College. The River Hawks open Landmark Conference play Saturday at home against Goucher.