Courtney Adams recorded game highs with 26 points and 17 rebounds for her third double-double in the last four games for the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team but the River Hawks committed 26 turnovers that led to 24 points for Catholic in a 56-48 loss to the Cardinals Wednesday night in Washington, DC.
The loss drops Susquehanna (14-8 overall, 5-6 Landmark) to fifth place in the Landmark Conference standings a full game behind fourth place Elizabethtown. The Blue Jays have road games at Goucher and Catholic before ending the regular season at home against the River Hawks.
The game was tied in the first quarter at 11-11 but Susquehanna missed on all six 3-point shots in the period that could have given the River Hawks an early lead.
Catholic (20-2, 11-0) forged ahead in the second quarter with a 17-11 advantage in the period to take a 28-22 lead into the intermission.
Nicole Gault hit a layup early in the third quarter to cut the lead to a point at 30-29 but the Cardinals went on a 13-4 run to pull ahead by double digits at 43-33.
In the fourth quarter the teams traded baskets for most of the period with the River Hawks cutting the lead to eight on multiple occasions but could not get any closer.
Adams was the lone scorer in double figures for Susquehanna as Nikki Komara and Tess Nichols each scored nine and the River Hawks bench was outscored 22-0 by the Cardinals. Gault recorded six rebounds and four assists for Susquehanna.
The River Hawks return home for senior day Saturday against Drew and will also play Scranton at home next Wednesday in the final two home games of the regular season.