Bailey Trell and Courtney Adams each scored 12 points to lead the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team but a slow start with just 11 first quarter points led to a 79-58 loss to Hanover College Saturday afternoon in the consolation game of the Charles B. Zimmerman Memorial Tournament at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
Trell earned All-Tournament team honors as she scored in double digits in each of the two games in the tournament.
A Desiree Furbert basket late in the first quarter pulled Susquehanna (5-5) to within a point at 12-11 with 2:43 left in the opening quarter but Hanover (7-4) rallied to score the final eight points of the period to take a 20-11 lead after the first 10 minutes.
The River Hawks battled back in the second quarter to trim the lead down to four points three different times but another late run by Hanover allowed the Panthers to pull ahead by 12 at 40-28 as the first half ended.
A basket by Trell midway through the third quarter cut the lead to 10 points at 50-40 but the Panthers scored the next seven points to regain control and finished the quarter with a 61-46 advantage.
Hanover stretched the lead to 20 points midway through the final quarter and sealed the win with solid free throw shooting down the stretch. For the game, Hanover was 26-for-32 from the line while the River Hawks attempted just eight free throws and connected on four.
Adams and Trell were the lone River Hawks to score in double figures and Adams added six rebounds and three blocked shots. Megan McFadden scored six points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Rachel Sweger also scored six and Nevin Hoenninger added seven points off the bench for Susquehanna.
The River Hawks return to action January 3 at McDaniel before resuming Landmark Conference action at Moravian January 6.