Crusaders Blow Out Penn College; Advance to Championship Game

Crusaders Blow Out Penn College; Advance to Championship Game

Box Score

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Six players finished in double figures and fourteen Crusaders reached the scoring column as Susquehanna’s women’s basketball team defeated Penn College 99-49 on Saturday evening to advance to the Pepsi/Weis Markets Tipoff Tournament Championship game.

The Crusaders (1-1) opened up the first half with eight points in the first 1:15 of action and never looked back, leading 55-23 at the break.

SU’s bench outscored the Wildcats 33-5 in the first half, with junior guard Shannon Grunwald (Neshanic Station, N.J. / Somerville) accounting for 10 of those points.

Penn College’s Kierstin Steer went into halftime with 11 points, going 9-of-10 from the free throw line.

Grunwald finished with a team-high 15 points. Sophomore guard Mariah Monahan (Towanda, Pa. / Towanda Area), freshmen Eleni Dimou (Center Valley, Pa. / Southern Lehigh) and Shelby Weikel (Gordon, Pa. / North Schuylkill) all finished with 11 points.

Rounding out the scoring attack was junior forward Gina Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa. / Wallenpaupack) and senior guard Korey McCaffrey (Millheim, Pa. / Penns Valley Area) with 10 points apiece.

Sophomore forward Ariana Stowe (Bethesda, Md. / Bethesda-Chevy Chase) had a team-high 11 rebounds. The Crusaders out-rebounded the Wildcats 64-32.

The Crusaders will now face SUNY-Fredonia in the championship game at approximately 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

SUNY-Fredonia defeated PSU-Altoona in the opening game of the tournament, 86-59.

The consolation game between PSU-Altoona and Penn College is at 1:00 p.m.