Crusaders Drop Conference Opener at Scranton

Crusaders Drop Conference Opener at Scranton

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SCRANTON, Pa. – Three players finished in double figures for Susquehanna's women's basketball team but the Crusaders fell to the University of Scranton, 74-51, Saturday afternoon at the Long Center in the Landmark Conference opener for both squads.

Sophomore Jonaida Williams (Williamsport, Pa. / Loyalsock Twp.) scored a team-high 12 points behind 5-of-7 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers. Senior Gina Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa. / Wallenpaupack Area) chipped in with 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

 Senior Shannon Grunwald (Neshanic Station, N.J. / Somerville) scored 10 points off the bench behind 2-of-3 shooting from downtown.

SU (1-5, 0-1) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a Mariah Monahan (Towanda, Pa. / Towanda Area) jumper but unfortunately that was the only time the Crusaders were ahead in the contest.

The Lady Royals (6-0, 1-0) used a 23-5 run in the first half and ended the opening period leading 34-23. Palazzi had five of her rebounds in the first half of action.

Scranton increased their lead to as much as 30 points during the second half, as the Crusaders were plagued by 11 second period turnovers.

The Lady Royals had three players finish in double-figures with Meredith Mesaris pouring in a game-high 30 points.

The Crusaders will look to bounce back as they host Penn State Hazleton on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.