Junior Maddie Murray made a short jumper after grabbing an offensive rebound to lead the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team to a thrilling 55-54 victory over McDaniel College Wednesday night in a non-conference game at the Gill Center in Westminster, Maryland.
Susquehanna (6-5) had the ball with 16.5 seconds remaining after McDaniel (4-6) had scored to take a one-point lead. After a River Hawks timeout, Bailey Trell set up the offense and missed a driving layup and Murray grabbed the rebound and took a short jumper but missed off the front of the rim. Murray grabbed the rebound off her own miss and tapped in the game-winning basket with 0.7 left to play.
McDaniel was able to inbound the ball but did not take a final shot.
Murray finished with eight points off the bench and was part of a solid effort from the Susquehanna reserves that combined to score 30 points and grabbed 29 rebounds in the victory. Nevin Hoenninger and Maggie Wilson each scored nine off the bench and Wilson grabbed a team-leading 12 rebounds.
The River Hawks took an early lead and capped the first quarter with a late 7-2 run to take a 16-10 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, Susquehanna struggled from the floor and connected on just 2-of-17 shots in the period but an Erin McQuillen 3-pointer with a minute left in the first half allowed the River Hawks to take a slim 24-22 lead into the intermission.
Rachel Sweger hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the second half to help Susquehanna extend the lead but the Green Terror battled back to take a lead at 37-36 with a minute left in the quarter and hit a basket at the buzzer to end the period for a 39-38 advantage.
The fourth quarter was back and forth for the entire period with neither team having more than a three-point lead.
The teams traded baskets with a minute to play as Murray and Hoenninger made shots for the River Hawks to give Susquehanna a 52-51 lead. Each team made a free throw over the next 30 seconds as Trell converted for the River Hawks with 31 seconds left for the 53-52 lead.
Sweger led all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and three 3-pointers.
Susquehanna resumes Landmark Conference play Saturday with a 4 p.m. matchup at Moravian.