Rachel Sweger scored 11 of her team-leading 16 points in the second quarter for the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team Friday afternoon but a strong second half for Wittenberg gave the Tigers a 78-69 victory in the first round of the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Tournament in Wittenberg.
The River Hawks (5-4) will face Hanover (Indiana) College at noon Saturday in the consolation game of the tournament. Hanover dropped a 67-60 decision to Ohio Northern in the other Friday game at Wittenberg. Ohio Northern will face Wittenberg (7-6) in the championship game.
After falling behind 21-18 after the first 10 minutes of action, Susquehanna used a 14-0 run late in the second quarter to take a 38-33 lead into the halftime intermission.
Sweger started the run with a 3-pointer and added a three-point play and another 3-point shot later in the run. Erin McQuillen capped the run with a 3-point basket near the end of the first half to give the River Hawks the five point halftime advantage.
In the third quarter, Megan McFadden and Courtney Adams hit back-to-back layups to give Susquehanna a seven-point lead at 42-35 but Wittenberg answered with an 11-4 run to tie the game at 46-46. A late 3-pointer by Nevin Hoenninger gave the River Hawks a 54-51 lead but the Tigers answered with a 3-pointer of their own to tie the game at 54-54 after three quarters.
Wittenberg scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and pushed the lead to 10 points with just less than four minutes to play. A late 3-pointer by Bailey Trell cut the lead to seven points but Wittenberg sealed the win with a layup with its next possession.
Sweger led Susquehanna with 16 points as four players scored in double figures for the River Hawks. Maddie Murray scored 12 points while Trell and McQuillen each scored 10. Adams led the River Hawks with 11 rebounds and Trell led the team with four assists and three steals.