SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The consolation game of the 24th annual Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament did not go Susquehanna’s way as the women fell 53-34 to SUNY Cortland.
It was a five-point game (20-15) at halftime for the Crusaders but a 33-point second half by the Red Dragons (2-1) put the game out of reach for SU (0-3).
Jonaida Williams (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock Twp.) and Shannon Grunwald (Neshanic Station, N.J./Somerville) led the team in scoring with six points apiece while Gina Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa./Wallenpaupack) picked up 11 rebounds. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, 19 turnovers led to 17 Cortland points and they were out-rebounded by a 59-38 margin.
SU struggled to find its offensive rhythm, finishing with just 15 points in the first half, led by five from Mariah Monahan (Towanda, Pa./Towanda Area). Williams opened the game with a three-pointer but that marked the final time SU led in the game as Cortland countered with a three of its own two minutes later.
The Red Dragons took a nine-point lead (16-7) with 6:26 to play in the half but the Crusaders out-scored Cortland 8-4 over the remainder of the half to pull within five (20-15) at the midway point of the game.
Grunwald got SU within two points (20-18) with a quick three to open the second half but a 9-0 Red Dragons run made it 29-18 with 15 minutes to play.
At the 12:44 mark the Red Dragons remained ahead by 11 (33-22) and the Crusaders were never able to pull any closer for the remainder of the game. Cortland took a game-high 21-point lead, 51-30, with 2:22 on the clock and the game ended with a 53-34 Red Dragons win.
Ursinus defeated Penn State Harrisburg 85-38 in the championship game.
The Crusaders remain at home to host Baptist Bible on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.
Pepsi Tip-Off All-Tournament Team:
Cortland State: Grace Williamson
Susquehanna: Jonaida Williams
PSU-Harrisburg: Miranda Zeachock, Amanda Moyer
Ursinus: Diamond Lewis, Jess Porada (MVP)
Crusaders Defeated by Red Dragons in Consolation Game