SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna women's basketball team could not hold off the offensive attack of the Scranton Royals and fell 82-54 on Saturday afternoon on Susquehanna's annual Pepsi Day. Scranton won both regular season matchups with SU this season.
Mariah Monahan (Towanda, Pa./Towanda Area) scored a game-high 20 points in the loss on 6-of-17 shooting. As a team, SU (7-14, 2-8) shot 32 percent from the field while Scranton (15-6, 7-3) shot better than 50 percent and saw three players reach double figures.
Seniors Shannon Grunwald (Neshanic Station, N.J./Somerville) and Gina Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa./Wallenpaupack) pulled down seven rebounds apiece with Palazzi also adding three assists, one block and one steal.
Turnovers proved problematic for the Crusaders as their 23 miscues translated into 26 Scranton points.
The Crusaders managed only 18 first-half points on just 27.6 percent shooting while Scranton tank 53 percent of its shots, including 54.5 from three-point range. It was only a two-point game (11-9) six minutes into the game, though, after a Monahan jumper and a Jackie Clarke (Mahopec, N.Y./Marina Regina) layup at the 11:01 held the Royals' lead at just four (17-13).
However, SU went on to score only five points over the remaining 11 minutes of action while Scranton netted 26 points and went into halftime up 43-18. Susquehanna had just two bench points all half while the Royals' bench contributed 17 points.
The Crusaders doubled their first-half scoring over the final 20 minutes of the game but Scranton was able to put 39 more points on the board to keep the game well out of reach of SU.
Susquehanna fell into a 30-point hole, 61-31, at the 13:25 mark of the second half and was never able to pull any closer than 24 points over the remainder of the game. As the clock wound down to 4:13, the Royals still led by 30 (77-47) and went on to the eventual 82-54 victory.
The Crusaders hit the road to take on Catholic on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Royals Sweep Series from Susquehanna