SELINSGROVE, Pa. – It came down to the final ticks of the clock, but the Susquehanna women’s basketball team was able to hold on for a 46-44 win over visiting Pitt-Bradford to close out its three-game homestand with a victory.
SU (3-6) held the Panthers (3-4) to just 27 percent shooting for the game, including a 23-percent showing from beyond the arc. The Crusaders, meanwhile, led from start to finish, sank nearly 42 percent of its shots and were led in scoring by Jonaida Williams’ (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock Twp.) 11 points.
Gina Palazzi (Newfoundland, Pa./Wallenpaupack) chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds while Candence Cannady (Chicago, Ill/Whitney M. Young Magnet) had six points and a game-high nine boards.
It took SU only five minutes to jump out to an 11-point lead (13-2) and maintained that 11-point lead, 17-6, after a Palazzi layup with 11:11 on the clock.
Pitt-Bradford began to chip away at that Susquehanna lead, however. The Panthers got within three (24-21) with just 2:40 left in the half before the Crusaders closed out the period with four unanswered points to take a 28-21 lead into the locker room.
Eleni Dimou’s (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) three less than two minutes into half marked the first points of the second half and handed a 10-point lead back to Susquehanna at 31-21. Five minutes later the Crusaders still maintained a nine-point edge at 35-26 until six-straight Pitt points trimmed that lead to 35-32 with roughly 11 minutes still remaining.
SU maintained a lead of at least four points for the next seven minutes until, with 5:37 left in the game, the Panthers found themselves down just two points (43-41) after three free throws over a 70-second span. It marked the closest they had been to the lead since the opening bucket of the game.
Alicia Kimmel made it a one-point game (45-44) with her three inside the two-minute mark but the remaining 1:49 of the game passed with just one more point which came in the form of a Williams free throw at the six-second mark that made it 46-44.
Kimmel finished with a game-high 14 points.
The Crusaders are back in action on Dec. 28-29 when they take on Eastern and a team TBD at the Hoops for Hounds Tournament hosted by Lycoming.
Crusaders Close Out Homestand with a Victory