SU held to 41 points in defeat


Senior guard Mariah Monahan drained her first shot of the night from a long distance on the Crusaders’ first possession of the night.
Unfortunately, the shooting touch for Susquehanna did not last, as the Crusaders lost to Elizabethtown, 57-41, in the Crusaders’ home opener.
After the Monahan three, the Blue Jays responded with a 16-2 run to take control.
Monahan led the way for the Crusaders with 10 points, seven of her points coming early in the first half as the Crusaders tried to hang around with a physical Blue Jays squad looking to run on every possession.
The Crusaders ended the game with five straight points but unfortunately, the stretch was only able to bring the final margin under 20 points.
Both teams struggled to find their shooting touch throughout the game, with the Crusaders finding the bottom of the net on 21 percent of their attempts from the field.
While the Blue Jays raced out to a large first-half lead with stifling on-the-ball defense and crashing the glass relentlessly, the Crusaders were able to keep the Blue Jays in check in the second half, working the ball inside and slowing the pace slightly.
After the Blue Jays shut down the Crusaders’ offense early in the second half to take their largest lead of the game, 50-22, the Crusaders scored eight straight points to stall the Blue Jays’ attack.
Freshman Nikki Komara led the Crusaders with 11 rebounds.
Susquehanna 80, Penn State-Hazleton 36
The Susquehanna Crusaders opened their season with a runaway victory over Penn State-Hazleton Saturday.
Led by 19 points from Komara in her collegiate debut, the Crusaders defeated the Lions, 80-36.
Komara quickly shook off any pre-game jitters that she may have had, knocking down her first two attempts from the court, both from beyond the arc.
Susquehanna entered the halftime period with a score of 41-14.
Monahan scored 15 points, as junior guard/forward Jonaida Williams assisted the team with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Willams said: “We have to continue to grow from here on out. Look at what we did right and keep doing that, but also look at our weaknesses and turn them into strengths.”
The Crusaders will take on City College of New York Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Pepsi Tip-Off Tournament.