By George Thompson
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Basketball is a game of two halves.
Unfortunately for Susquehanna, the second half was not kind to the women's basketball team Wednesday night. They were outscored 39-29 in the second half on their way to a 71-63 loss to conference leaders Catholic.
"We were doing well," coach Jim Reed said, referencing the halftime lead the Crusaders enjoyed at the end of the first half. "Catholic felt threatened because we had the lead and we were playing well and they picked up their intensity a little bit and it sort of put us on our heels. That's when they made their run."
In the loss, the Crusaders (11-10, Landmark 5-6) were led by two double-figure scorers, one a member of the senior class on their way out and the other a member of the freshman class staking her claim in the lore of women's basketball at Susquehanna.
Senior guard Mariah Monahan had a career night, leading all scorers with 24 points, in addition to dishing out four assists and grabbing three rebounds. Monahan also connected on 4 3-pointers while going 4-for-5 from the charity stripe.
"I know I have to play well every game or three of our other guards, they have to play well," she said. "I've been in a slump and I've been working. I've been shooting and stuff so I felt pretty confident coming into today."
Meanwhile, freshman guard and Lourdes Regional graduate Nikki Komara had an overall solid performance, filling up the stat sheet in all areas. While she scored 15 points on only 10 shots, she also showed her range, connecting on three 3-pointers in five attempts.
Despite the effort from both of these players and rest of the team, the Crusaders still came up short.
"In the second half we stopped boxing out and stuff, so the boards and second-chance points really hurt us," Monahan said.