Courtney Adams led three players into double-figures scoring with 15 point for the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team but it was the defense and rebounding edge that led to a 69-25 victory of the River Hawks over Goucher College Saturday afternoon in the Landmark Conference opener in O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.
Susquehanna (4-1 overall, 1-0 Landmark) held the Gophers (0-7, 0-1) to just three single-digit quarters and just 25 points in the contest. The last time a Susquehanna team held a team to 25 or fewer points was December 5, 2006 when Susquehanna beat Penn College 62-22.
The defense forced 21 turnovers and the River Hawks scored 36 points off turnovers. The rebounding edge was 63-24.
"We felt that we were a better team coming into the game but we wanted to play to our level," said Head Coach Jim Reed. "It is a conference game and you never want to take any conference opponent lightly."
The River Hawks jumped out to a commanding lead scoring 13 of the first 15 points of the game and held a 21-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Adams had seven of her 15 points in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
In the second quarter, Goucher had its only double-digit scoring period but Susquehanna still held a slight 11-10 scoring edge in the quarter and took a 32-15 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, the Susquehanna defense forced eight turnovers and scored 18 points off the turnovers leading to a 27-6 scoring edge in the period and giving the River Hawks a 38-point lead at 59-21.
Joining Adams in double figures were Erin McQuillen who scored 12 and Nevin Hoenninger who added 11 points. Megan McFadden scored nine points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds while Bailey Trell led the team with six assists.
Susquehanna returns to action Wednesday with a home game against Keystone College at 7 p.m. at Houts Gymnasium.