LA PLUME, Pa. – After being tied at 20 at halftime, the Susquehanna University women's basketball team outscored Keystone College 36-18 in the second half en route to a 56-38 win in the River Hawks 2016-17 season opener Thursday night at Gambal Athletic Center.
Susquehanna (1-0) outscored Keystone (1-1) 19-3 in the third quarter to take a 16-point lead into the fourth quarter. Senior Nikki Komara led all scorers with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. She also added team-highs of seven rebounds and five steals. Junior Angie Schedler had a nice all-around game for the River Hawks as she had seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks while scoring four points. Freshman Janine Conway (eight points, two rebounds) and junior Courtney Adams (nine points, three rebounds) combined for 17 points and five rebounds off a Susquehanna bench that outscored Keystone's 28-10. Conway also added four steals in her first collegiate game.
After shooting just 31 percent in the first half, Susquehanna shot 43 percent from the field in the second half. While the River Hawk's defense was stingy all game as Keystone only made 25 percent of its shots, including just 17 percent in the second half. Susquehanna also forced 24 Keystone turnovers which were turned into 20 points.
Keystone took an early 22-20 lead in the third quarter but Susquehanna outscored the Giants 19-1 over the final 9:38 of the third quarter. The River Hawks then led by as much as 24 in the fourth quarter when Komara scored a layup with 4:48 to go in the game.
Susquehanna also held major advantages in points in the paint (38-14) and fast break points (18-4).
The River Hawks (1-0) get back on the court Saturday, November 19, against Valley Forge at 8 p.m. when Susquehanna hosts its annual Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament at O.W. Houts Gymnasium.