SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna women’s
basketball team was facing a tough challenge in a one-loss Juniata
team on Saturday evening and fell 77-48 to the Eagles.
It was Senior Night for the team and prior to the start of the game, the team recognized the two senior members of the squad: Korey McCaffrey (Millheim, Pa. / Penns Valley Area) and Samantha Pelletier (Harwinton, Conn. / Lewis S. Mills).
Shannon Grunwald (Neshanic Station, N.J. / Somerville) led the team in scoring with 10 points in just 18 minutes of action off the bench. She also led SU with four rebounds and Mariah Monahan (Towanda, Pa. / Towanda Area) added a team-best six assists.
The Crusaders (5-20, 2-12) shot just 6.7 percent from three-point range while the Eagles (24-1, 14-0) shot at a 34.6 percent clip for the game with an 83 percent effort at the free throw line.
After falling into an early 6-0 hole, baskets from McCaffrey and Eleni Dimou (Center Valley, Pa. / Southern Lehigh) made it a 6-4 game but a 9-0 Eagles run gave them their first double-digit lead of the game, 15-4, six minutes into the action.
They maintained a double-digit lead for the final 11:53 of the half, at one point going up by 16 (33-17) at the five-minute mark.
A three-point play from Gina Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa. / Wallenpaupack Area) with 32 seconds on the clock made it a 35-23 game but the Crusaders ultimately went into halftime trailing 38-23.
Juniata out-scored SU 39-25 in the second half of play, putting the game out of reach early. The Eagles led by 20-plus points for the final 16:52 of the game.
With 1:40 to play, Juniata took a game-high 29-point lead (77-48) and neither team scored for the remainder of the game.