Early Shooting Struggles Cost Women’s Basketball

Susquehanna struggled offensively against Elizabethtown Saturday afternoon.
Susquehanna struggled offensively against Elizabethtown Saturday afternoon.

The Susquehanna University women's basketball team struggle to score just 37 points in the first three quarters and dropped a 78-53 decision Saturday afternoon to Elizabethtown College in a Landmark Conference game on O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.

Elizabethtown (11-3 overall, 1-3 Landmark) took an early lead and never trailed in the contest. The Blue Jays led by as many as six points in the opening 10 minutes but jumped out to a double-digit lead in the second period leading 30-20 with 3:21 left in the first half.

"They (Elizabethtown) did a good job driving to the basket and finishing shots," said head coach Jim Reed. "Individually, they were better than us today. One of the keys early on was their free throw shooting with 9-of-11 in the first half while we hit just 1-for-1 in the first."

After taking a 15-point lead, Susquehanna (10-5, 1-3) trimmed the lead back to 11 points at the half with a pair of inside shots by Nicole Gault.

In the second half, Courtney Adams scored on a jumper midway through the third quarter cutting the lead to nine points at 42-33 but Elizabethtown went on a 17-2 run to reestablish control before the end of the period.

The Blue Jays maintained control in the final quarter with the River Hawks unable to cut the lead to less than 20 points.

Adams, Lexi Biggs-Garcia and Nikki Komara each scored 12 points to lead Susquehanna while Biggs-Garcia led the team with nine rebounds.

The River Hawks return to action Wednesday night with a home Landmark contest against Juniata. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.