ARLINGTON, Va. – Despite jumping out to an early lead, Susquehanna’s women’s basketball squad endured a tough night and fell at Marymount 66-40 on Wednesday evening.
SU (1-4) received a team-high 11 points from senior forward Gina Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa. / Wallenpaupack Area), who also pulled down seven rebounds. Junior Mariah Monahan (Towanda, Pa. / Towanda Area) went 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Candence Cannady (Chicago, Ill. / Whitney M. Young Magnet) grabbed seven rebounds and Shannon Grunwald (Neshanic Station, N.J. / Somerville) knocked down a pair of shots from downtown to pace SU.
The Crusaders started the first half with a pair of jumpers by Palazzi to go ahead early 4-0, which ended up being their largest lead of the contest.
But the Saints (3-2) went on a 20-2 run in the next 11 minutes to pull ahead by 14 (20-6). A pair of Jonaida Williams (Williamsport, Pa. / Loyalsock Twp.) foul shots trimmed the deficit to 12 before Marymount scored five quick points to increase the lead to 17.
The Saints pushed their lead to 37-16 with 2:49 remaining in the opening period and this score remained the same at intermission. Marymount was aided with 14 points off the bench and 15 points off of 14 SU turnovers in the first half.
The Crusaders scored 13 points off of nine Marymount turnovers in the second half, but the Saints lead proved to be too much for SU.
SU shot considerably better in the second half (42 percent) compared to 15 percent in the opening period. From the foul line, the Crusaders went 16-for-21 (76 percent).
Marymount had two scorers in double-figures, led by Katelyn Fisher who had a game-high 19 points.
The Crusaders head to the University of Scranton on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the first Landmark Conference game of the 2012-13 season. Tip-off is at 2:00 p.m.