The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 2, 2014

Women's basketball: Susquehanna fall on road

By The Daily Item

ANNVILLE — Despite a strong start, the Susquehanna women’s basketball team could not hold on against Lebanon Valley, dropping a 68-42 decision on a snowy Thursday night in Annville. The Crusaders (4-5) and Flying Dutchmen (9-1) were tied at 22-all well into the first half, but the Crusaders went on to score just 20 points over the remainder of the game.

Mariah Monahan led the team with 16 points while Lourdes grad Nikki Komara had 11 to go along with six rebounds and four steals.

Susquehanna shot 25 percent from the field while the Flying Dutchmen countered with a 50 percent showing. SU also had just 23 rebounds to Lebanon Valley’s 44.

Points certainly were not at a premium to start the game as Lebanon Valley held an 11-5 edge less than four minutes into the action, aided by a 7-0 Dutchmen run that opened the game. The Crusaders were able to make it a four-point game, though, after two Monahan free throws at the 8:40 mark.

Four unanswered points, including a Komara layup with 6:41 to play, pulled SU within just two and a Monahan trey two-and-a-half minutes later knotted the game at 22-all. Unfortunately, Lebanon Valley went on to end the half with a 12-0 run and lead 34-22 at the midway point of the game.

The Flying Dutchmen on a 7-2 run to take a 41-24 advantage and led by 20 at the eight-minute mark of the half. Susquehanna remained down 59-38 with four minutes to play and ultimately fell 68-42.

SU remains on the road to face Baptist Bible on Monday at 6 p.m.