Holding Catholic University to less than 30 percent shooting and forcing it into 18 turnovers, the Susquehanna University women's basketball team picked up a key Landmark Conference win, 51-39, on Thursday night, Feb. 8, at O.W. Houts Gymnasium.
Erin McQuillan led the River Hawks (10-11 overall, 5-6 Landmark) with 15 points and seven rebounds and Courtney Adams added 10 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Susquehanna shot 39 percent from the field (19-of-49), shooting better than 50 percent in the first and fourth quarters when Susquehanna outscored Catholic (15-7 overall, 6-5 Landmark) by 11 in those two periods.
The River Hawks got out to a hot start, with Tess Nichols and McQuillan canning 3-pointers midway through the first period to give them a 12-4 lead. Catholic cut that lead down to four with a pair of baskets, but a 3-pointer from McQuillan kept the River Hawks in control, as they led 17-10 heading into the second quarter.
The River Hawks continued to roll in the second quarter, starting the period on a 10-2 run to lead 27-12 with 3:56 left before the Cardinals closed the period on a 7-1 run to head into the break down nine, 28-19.
The Cardinals cut within five points early in the third quarter, but turnaround layup from Courtney Adams with 3:28 left started a 5-2 to run that closed the quarter and helped Susquehanna take an eight-point lead into the final 10 minutes. Bailey Trell made the first two buckets of the fourth, hitting a driving layup and an off-balance trifecta, giving Susquehanna a 40-27 lead. Catholic made one more run, closing within five at 44-39 with 3:28 left, but Adams responded with a layup to start a run of seven straight Susquehanna points to end the game.
Megan McFadden posted nine points, seven rebounds and four assists and Trell finished with eight points and four assists for the River Hawks. Tess Nichols also added seven points, five rebounds and two steals.
The River Hawks get back on the court on Saturday, Feb. 10, when they head to Drew for another important Landmark Conference game, tipping at 4 p.m.