PSU-Harrisburg 65,Susquehanna 61
SELINSGROVE — PSU-Harrisburg (1-0) held on for a victory, icing the Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament semifinal with two free throws by Miranda Zeanchock with under a minute remaining.
The Crusaders (0-2) attempted to cut the deficit on their final possession but were unable to score.
The Lady Lions held a 27-4 edge in foul shots made, providing the difference in a see-saw battle.
“(PSU-Harrisburg) played very hard,” Crusaders head coach Jim Reed said. “You’ve got to give a lot of credit to them. We fouled way too much. We’ve got to play better defensively, in terms of containing the ball.”
Zeanchock scored a game-high 17 points, making her presence felt after she was fouled by converting 8 of her 11 free throw attempts.
The Lady Lions closed the game on a 6-0 run after Shannon Grunwald gave the Crusaders a 61-59 lead with a 3-pointer.
The final six points were all converted at the foul line, pouring salt into the wound late in the action.
Down the stretch, neither team was able to separate itself as defensive pressure on both sides increased.
In the second half, an eight-point Lady Lions’ lead two minutes in was the largest advantage of the game as both teams traded points.
The Crusaders were in control early in the game, starting the game on a 10-1 run, but the Lady Lions stayed within single digits and did not allow Susquehanna to pull away.