Cold Second Half Drops Women’s Basketball

Nikki Komara led Susquehanna with 15 points in the loss to Catholic Wednesday night.
Nikki Komara led Susquehanna with 15 points in the loss to Catholic Wednesday night.

Senior Nikki Komara scored nine of her team-leading 15 points in the first half to lead the Susquehanna women's basketball team to a 40-37 lead at halftime but Catholic University came back in the second half to score 56 points to record a 93-62 victory in a Landmark Conference game Wednesday night in O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.

Komara and the River Hawks (12-6 overall, 3-4 Landmark) played well in the first quarter but trailed 21-18 before outscoring Catholic (16-2, 7-0) 22-16 in the second quarter to take the lead into the intermission.

Susquehanna shot just 21 percent from the field in the third quarter and finished the game with just 1-of-10 field goals in the final 10 minutes while the Cardinals looked as though they could not miss in the final 20 minutes hitting 19 of 31 attempts (61%) from the field.

In the second quarter, back-to-back 3-pointers by Rachel Sweger and Courtney Adams gave the River Hawks a 26-24 lead and sparked a 14-2 run as Susquehanna took a 34-26 lead with 4:32 to play in the first half. In the run, Tess Nichols and Janine Conway added 3-pointers and Komara hit a short jumper.

After Catholic trimmed the lead to three points, Sweger and Komara hit another two 3-pointers as the River Hawks built their largest lead at 40-31. The Cardinals scored the final five points of the half but still trailed at the intermission.

In the third quarter, Catholic scored the first six points of the period to regain the lead. A 3-pointer by Komara trimmed the lead back to a single point but Catholic answered with a 13-2 run to take a double-digit lead and the Cardinals led 66-49 after three quarters.

Komara led the River Hawks with her 15 points while Adams (13 points) and Sweger (11) combined for 24 points off the bench. Adams had seven rebounds and Nicole Gault added six. Adams also recorded three blocked shot to become just the third player in Susquehanna women's basketball history to reach the 100-career blocks plateau.

Susquehanna will play its next two games on the road at Moravian Saturday and at Juniata next Wednesday.