The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 10, 2013

Women's basketball: Crusaders lsoe huge lead, game


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---- — Crusaders caught from behind by Goucher

By The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- An 18-point halftime lead for Susquehanna seemed to indicate the Crusaders would have little trouble putting visiting Goucher away for good in the second half. Unfortunately, that was not the case as the Gophers used a 40-point second half to come all the way back and hand SU a 52-51 loss.

The Crusaders (5-9, 0-3) went into halftime leading 30-12 before being outscored 40-21 by Goucher (5-8, 1-2) as the Gophers picked up their first Landmark Conference win of the season.

Despite the loss, Susquehanna saw three players reach double figures, led by Gina Palazzi's 15. Jonaida Williams and Mariah Monahan contributed 10 points apiece with Monahan adding seven assists and Williams chipping in five boards.

Candence Cannady picked up 10 rebounds for SU to go along with six points, four assists and three blocks in her 31 minutes of action.

The Crusaders would have been hard pressed to have a more dominant first half. The team opened the game on a 16-2 run that was capped off by an 11-0 stretch with buckets from five different players. Goucher was trailing by 15 (25-10) with 3:53 left to play and SU ended the half on 5-2 run, with the final three coming on a Williams trey, to take an 18-point lead into halftime (30-12).

By the time the half ended, Susquehanna had already racked up 16 points off 13 Gopher turnovers and had shot an even 50 percent from both the field and three-point range.

The second half was a drastically different story. While Goucher never actually held the lead until the waning seconds, the Gophers cut the lead to single digits at several points, including getting within two (49-47) with 2:37 remaining the game.

The Gophers got to that point after opening the second period with back-to-back buckets, cutting Susquehanna's lead to eight, 32-24, on a three-point play from Precious Kollock with 15:28 on the clock.

SU was able to build its lead back to 13 points on a Palazzi layup at the 8:33 mark that made it 41-28 and with 6:22 left it remained a 13-point SU advantage (46-33).

However, after finding themselves in a 10-point hole (49-39) with just 4:18 with which to work, the Gophers responded with a 13-2 run that would ultimately hand them the victory.

An Adrienne Flowers jumper at 1:42 brought Goucher back within two of the lead at 51-49 and after several missed layups on the Gopher's next possession, Taquasia Lambert finally drained a three with 18 seconds left to give Goucher its first lead, 52-51.