Women’s Basketball Holds Off Washington to Win Tourney

Women’s Basketball Holds Off Washington to Win Tourney

MAIN STORY: The Susquehanna women's basketball team won its third-straight Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament title with a 56-51 win over Washington College on Sunday afternoon to remain undefeated on the season.

MVP: Senior Nicole Gault was named the Tournament MVP. Over the two games, she had 20 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. She also shot 50 percent from field goal range.

TEAM RECORDS: The River Hawks improve to 3-0 while Washington College falls to 1-2.

FAST START: By the time the first quarter came to a close, SU had jumped out to a 22-4 led. Susquehanna's solid defensive effort held Washington scoreless until 4:13 remained in the opening period.

A BIT CLOSER…In the second quarter, Washington made it an eight-point game (24-16) with 3:16 to play. Bailey Trell's last-second layup kept SU ahead by seven, 29-22, heading into halftime.

THIRD QUARTER
: The third quarter was much of the same as Susquehanna struggled to put the Shorewomen away. Courtney Adams' layup at the five-minute mark helped SU maintain a seven-point edge (35-28) but Washington's Jordan Weir connected on a three with five seconds remaining to make it a three-point game (42-39) heading into the final quarter.

SU HANGS ON: Gault scored SU's first three points of the fourth quarter with her jumper at the 7:38 mark making it 46-41 in favor of SU. Washington's Bridget McLaughlin brought her team within two, 46-44, with a three at the 6:51 mark before Gault countered with a jumper for a 48-44 ballgame.

Another bucket from McLaughlin just inside the four-minute mark again made it a two-point game (50-48) but the River Hawks narrowly out-scored the Shorewomen 6-3 over the final minutes of the game to hang on for the win.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE: Gault finished with a team-high 16 points and Adams added 13 to go along with five rebounds (four offensive) and two assists. Nikki Komara tallied seven points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Susquehanna shot only 35 percent from the floor and 11 percent from beyond the arc but sank 74 percent of its free throws while Washington went 0-for-2 at the charity stripe. SU also had 14 second-chance points while the Shorewomen managed just two.

TITLE GAME APPEARANCES: Not only did SU win its third-straight Pepsi Tournament championship game, the River Hawks were also making their fourth consecutive appearance in the championship game.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: In addition to Gault being named MVP, Komara earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

UP NEXT: Susquehanna hits the road to face Lycoming on Nov. 27 at 4 p.m.

All-Tournament Team:
#13 Morgan Edge, Valley Forge
#23 Haley Mesaros, Wilkes
#33 Bridget McLaughlin, Washington College
#50 Cassidy Quattro, Washington College
#12 Nikki Komara, Susquehanna
#31 Nicole Gault, Susquehanna MVP