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MADISON , N.J. -- Leading by three points with just 2:32 remaining in the game, Susquehanna watched that lead slip away as Drew came out on the winning side of a 62-58 Landmark Conference decision.
The Crusaders (6-6, 0-2 LC) were up 54-49 at after a Mariah Monahan layup at the 3:51 mark but SU was outscored 13-4 over the remainder of the game and ultimately fell by four points.
Monahan led Susquehanna with 18 points. Jonaida Williams had seven points and six rebounds while Lourdes Regional's Nikki Komara led the team with her eight rebounds while also chipping in three points, three assists and four steals.
Susquehanna shot better than 55 percent from 3-point range (5-of-9), but shot only 37.3 percent from the floor and just 60 percent at the free throw line.
Drew (8-5, 1-1) started out strong, taking a 13-3 lead less than six minutes into the game. The Crusaders found themselves down by 12, 20-8, with 6:17 left in the half but a Brianna Murphy jumper with 50 seconds left brought her team within just four (24-20) before SU eventually headed into halftime trailing by six (26-20).
The Crusaders took their first lead since the 18:41 mark of the first half when Heather Zinn drained a three to make it 32-30 with 16:37 remaining. Susquehanna remained in the lead (40-39) five minutes later and upped its lead to eight (52-44) on a Monahan jumper with 5:31 to play.
Unfortunately, the Rangers tied the game at 54 on a Courtney Stephens trey which permanently swung the lead back in Drew's favor as the Rangers held off the Crusaders down the stretch for the 62-58 win.
SU remains on the road to face Goucher on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.