Nevin Hoenninger converted a three-point with three minutes left in the fourth quarter and Courtney Addams added a layup for the Susquehanna University Women's Basketball team to trim the Scranton lead to just five points but the Royals held on late for a slim 49-43 win Wednesday night in a Landmark Conference game on O.W. Houts Gymnasium in Selinsgrove.
Scranton (13-1 overall, 2-1 Landmark) jumped out to an early lead going up 8-1 five minutes into the contest and held double-digit leads in each of the final three quarters but Susquehanna (6-7, 1-2) would not go away and battled back in each quarter.
After trailing 13-4 at the end of the first quarter, Scranton bumped the lead to 19-9 midway through the second stanza before a Hoenninger 3-pointer at the 2:33 mark trimmed the lead to five at 19-14. The Royals rallied late in the half to take a 25-16 lead into the halftime intermission.
In the third quarter, Scranton regained the double-digit lead with an early basket but the River Hawks chipped away at the lead. Another Hoenninger 3-pointer and an Adams layup late in the period left Susquehanna down by just six points at the start of the fourth period.
Scranton scored the first five points of the final quarter. The teams traded baskets for most of the period before Hoenninger converted the three-point play with a layup and free throw with three minutes to play. Scranton answered with a layup but Tess Nichols and Adams each scored with baskets in the paint to draw within five points at 48-43 with 35 seconds left.
After Scranton hit 1-of-2 free throws, The River Hawks moved down the court but missed a pair of shots that would have trimmed the lead further and the Royals held on for the hard fought road win.
Hoenninger led Susquehanna off the bend with 13 points and Megan McFadden added seven points and a team-leading 10 rebounds. Adams finished with six points, six rebounds and three blocks.
The River Hawks return to action Saturday at Elizabethtown.