Women’s Basketball Wins Thriller on the Road

Women’s Basketball Wins Thriller on the Road

Courtney Adams scored a season-high 28 points including 20 in the second half to lead the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team to a 62-61 victory over King's College Wednesday night in a non-conference game in McGrane Gumnasium in Wilkes-Barre.

Susquehanna (3-1) trailed early as King's (3-2) took a six-point lead at the end of the first quarter at 18-12 but the River Hawks battled back and trailed by just three points after three quarters.

In the final quarter, Adams took over, and scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and had a pair of steals as Susquehanna outscored King's 23-17 in the final 10 minutes.

"I'm happy for the kids. They showed composure and came back," said Head Coach Jim Reed. "We fell behind early but we stuck to the game plan and defended really well. We knew we had to play good defense in the post and we didn't allow an easy basket from the post in the second half."

Maddie Murray, who started in place of Rachel Sweger, made an impact early with six of her 14 points coming in the first quarter. Tess Nichols added eight points including a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining that iced the game as she gave Susquehanna a four-point lead with 3.1 seconds left.

"I went with a more experienced lineup tonight and it paid off," said Reed. "Courtney had a great game tonight. She seems to play better when she is pressured by better post players and King's has a couple players that are good in the post."

Adams nearly hit a career-high with her 28 points. She scored 29 last season in a win over Goucher late in the season for her career-best.

"It was fun out there tonight," said Adams. "Everything seemed to come together tonight. The shots were there for me in the second half. I guess I was just in the right place at the right time."

The River Hawks return to action to open Landmark Conference play with a home game against Goucher at 4 p.m. Saturday in Houts Gymnasium.