Moravian College used an 11-2 run early in the fourth quarter to open up a double-digit lead over the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team and held on for a 68-59 victory Saturday afternoon in a Landmark Conference contest in Johnston Hall in Bethlehem.
A pair of free throws followed by a 3-pointer for Erin McQuillen at the end of the third quarter closed the gap as Susquehanna (6-6 Overall, 1-1 Landmark) pulled to within six points at 51-45 as time expired in the period.
Bailey Trell made a nice pass to Courtney Adams for a layup to start the fourth quarter but Moravian (11-2, 1-1) opened up a lead with the 11-2 run over the next four minutes and held a 62-49 lead midway through the period.
The Greyhounds led the game early with an 11-5 advantage but a 3-pointer by Trell sparked a 9-2 run and gave the River Hawks a 14-13 lead as a McQuillen 3-pointer capped the run.
Maddie Murray made a layup late in the first quarter to give Susquehanna an 18-17 lead but Moravian scored the final four points of the period for a 21-18 advantage at the end of the first 10 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, the teams traded baskets for most of the period before Trell hit a pair of 3-pointers to keep the score close as Moravian took a 35-31 lead into the intermission.
Trell led Susquehanna with 11 points while Adams and McQuillen each scored 10. Adams added a team-best nine rebounds and three blocked shots to her totals while Murray led the way with four assists.
The major difference in the game was the performance at the free throw line. Moravian made 40 trips to the charity stripe and connected on 26 its shots while Susquehanna attempted just 11 free throws in the game and converted seven as the River Hawks were whistled for 29 fouls with only 13 calls going against the Greyhounds.
Susquehanna returns home to face Scranton in a Landmark Conference match-up at 7 p.m. Wednesday before returning to the road for three of its next four games afterwards.