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January 30, 2014

Women's basketball: SU tops Juniata for first time since 2010

SELINSGROVE — The Susquehanna women’s basketball team led from start to finish in its 66-60 victory over visiting Landmark Conference foe Juniata to open a three-game homestand on a high note.

Wednesday night’s win marked SU’s first victory against Juniata since a 74-73 overtime win on Dec. 4, 2010.

The team was led by the efforts of Jonaida Williams who led all scorers with 21 points (8-of-11) and added a team-high 10 boards for a double-double. Mariah Monahan and Nikki Komara, of Lourdes Regional, each added 12 points with Komara also finishing with a game-high eight assists.

Monahan went 6-of-6 at the free throw line and has now made her last 30 shots dating back to the team’s 79-68 win over King’s on Jan. 8.

The Crusaders (9-8, 3-4) shot a 55 percent clip (11-of-20) from 3-point range while holding the Eagles to a 14 percent effort (3-of-21) from beyond the arc. SU also shot better than 40 percent from the floor and had 32 points in the paint to Juniata ’s 18.

It took Susquehanna less than eight minutes to build a double-digit lead over the Eagles when two Komara free throws at the 12:19 mark put her team ahead 19-8. A layup from Williams subsequently made it a 21-8 game before Juniata went on a 12-0 run that trimmed SU’s lead to just one (21-20) with 7:37 to play in the half.

The Crusaders were able to fend off the Eagles, however, and despite a layup from Juniata’s Paige Dennison at the 52-second mark of the half still led by three (29-26) at the midway point of the game.

A 10-2 run by Susquehanna opened the second half as SU regained a double-digit lead (38-28). Komara’s trey with 13:30 on the clock gave the Crusaders their biggest lead of the game to that point (49-35) and another trey, this one from Monahan, made it 55-39 in favor of Susquehanna with just over 10 minutes to play.

Juniata was able to pull within five points, 58-53, with 2:09 remaining but pulled no closer as the Eagles were held scoreless for the final 1:02 of the game.

SU remains at home to host Drew on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.

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