Women’s Hoops Advances to Tournament Championship Game

Janine Conway scored 11 for Susquehanna in the final home game of the season
Janine Conway scored 11 for Susquehanna in the final home game of the season

MAIN STORY: For the fourth year in a row, the Susquehanna women's basketball has advanced to the championship game of its annual Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament following a 66-49 win over Valley Forge on Saturday night.

TIP-OFF TITLES: SU is appearing in its fourth consecutive tournament championship game and has won back-to-back tournament titles entering Sunday's championship.

TEAM RECORDS: Susquehanna improves to 2-0 overall while Valley Forge falls to 0-2.

FROM START TO FINISH: A Tess Nichols free throw less than two minutes into game put SU ahead 1-0 and the River Hawks never relinquished that lead. That 1-0 lead was part of a 16-2 run for Susquehanna, and the River Hawks led by 14 with 2:38 still to play in the opening quarter. By the time the first quarter came to a close, SU held a 16-5 edge.

SLOW START: After more than three minutes of play, the only point of the second quarter came from Valley Forge's Jhanel Brown who hit a free throw to make it 16-6 34 seconds into the period.

Over the latter part of the quarter, though, both teams' offenses put up points. The teams combined for 27 points over a 6:44 span and the River Hawks took a 34-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.

SECOND HALF: Susquehanna opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run to pull ahead 43-15 with roughly six minutes still to play in the quarter. By the time the period came to a close, SU led by 22 (51-29).

Midway through the final quarter, the River Hawks still held a 20-plus point lead (58-37) and despite a 9-0 run by Valley Forge to end the game, SU held on for the 66-49 victory.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE: Five different players scored at least six points for Susquehanna.  Freshman Janine Conway led the team with 13 points while Lexi Biggs-Garcia finished with nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Angie Schedler had seven points, three rebounds and two blocks in just 15 minutes of work. Nikki Komara added four points, a team-high nine rebounds and four steals.

As a team, the River Hawks shot 39 percent from the floor and just under 30 percent from three-point range. The team struggled at the free throw line, shooting just 50 percent (7-of-14) but scored 18 points off turnovers and had 36 bench points to Valley Forge's two.

DID YOU KNOW? The River Hawks out-scored Valley Forge in three of four quarters.

UP NEXT: Susquehanna hosts Washington College in the tournament title game on Sunday at 3 p.m. Washington defeated Wilkes 59-52 in the first women's game on Saturday evening.