SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna women’s basketball team kept it close for a while in their game against Catholic but ultimately could not bring down the Cardinals, dropping a 74-62 decision on Saturday afternoon.
It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes of the game that Catholic (19-5, 10-3) really put the game out of reach as the Crusaders trailed by only 10 points heading into that final stretch of the game.
SU (5-19, 2-11) did boast three players in double figures, led by 14 from senior Korey McCaffrey (Millheim, Pa./Penns Valley Area). Shannon Grunwald (Neshanic Station, N.J./Somerville) and Gina Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa./Wallenpaupack) had 10 points apiece while Arianna Stowe (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) led the team with her five rebounds and three assists.
What started as a 5-0 SU lead quickly gave way to a 7-5 Catholic advantage less than four minutes into the game. SU regained a 10-7 lead on a McCaffrey jumper with 12:46 to play in the half, but just 46 seconds later, Catholic’s Kelli Josephsen made it an 11-10 Cardinals lead.
Catholic never relinquished that lead and went up by 10 (27-17) with 7:15 on the clock. The Crusaders fell behind by 15 (34-19) and went into halftime trailing 36-22.
Less than 30 seconds into the second half, Susquehanna was down by 16 (38-22) but made it a 10-point game (38-28) after a Palazzi jumper at the 18:20 mark.
The Crusaders remained within 12, 51-39, thanks to a Jonaida Williams (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport Area) bucket with 13:20 to play and with 9:40 on the clock, Grunwald again made it a 10-point game (57-47) with a jumper.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals were able to quickly up their lead in part due to a 9-2 run that made it 66-50 with 5:47 to play.
Catholic took a game-high 24-point (74-50) lead at the two-minute mark and held SU to just two free throws in final minute to clinch the 74-52 victory over Susquehanna.
The teams took part in Play 4 Kay Day, an event in support of breast cancer awareness and named after famed women’s basketball coach, Kay Yow, who passed away from the disease. SU also played the game in honor of Connie Harnum, SU’s longtime field hockey and tennis coach, and SU Sports Hall of Famer, who passed away one year ago.
The Crusaders wrap-up their 2012 season at home next Saturday with a 5:30 game against Juniata on Senior Day.