Crusaders win to remain perfect at home

The Susquehanna women’s basketball team beat Drew 74-56 on Jan. 17, continuing their perfect mark in seven games at home.
Overall Susquehanna improved to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in the Landmark Conference, while Drew dropped to .500 overall with an 8-8 record and a 3-5 record in the conference.
Although the team has already had great success this year, Head Coach Jim Reed believes there is room for improvement.
“We have room to get even better than we are now. We already have a strong offense, and we haven’t hit our peak yet,” Reed said.
Reed explained that the recent success came from a combination of several good recent recruiting classes and great team chemistry.
Within the first minute Susquehanna started the scoring with a 3-point shot and did not give up the lead throughout the entirety of the game.
Susquehanna led 32-28 at half time, and performed even better in the second half with 42 points compared to Drew’s 28 points in the second half.
Reed was satisfied with Susquehanna’s performance.
“It was one of our best games of the year and both teams played well,” Reed said.
Susquehanna had nine turnovers compared to 15 turnovers by Drew. The Crusaders also dominated the glass, accumulating 40 rebounds compared to Drew’s 27. Sophomore forward Nicole Gault led Susquehanna with 11 rebounds. A key stat for the game was points off the bench; the Susquehanna bench scored 22 points, while Drew only managed two bench points. Freshman forward Courtney Adams was a big factor off Susquehanna’s bench. Adams only played 16 minutes in the game, but racked up 16 points and six boards.
“Most freshman have ups and downs during the season, she has been trending in a good direction recently. She is doing what we expected when we recruited her,” Adams said.
Senior guard Jonida Williams led the Crusader attack with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Nikki Komara filled the stat sheet with 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and six steals.
Komara explained that the team needs a positive attitude to continue their success. “We have to keep a positive mentality, especially against Catholic next week,” Komara said.
Komara added that she thinks that the success and positive attitude from all the players really helps the team chemistry.
Susquehanna will look to continue their success against conference rivals in the next week. Reed knows that his team must continue to look sharp.
“The next two teams we play focus on attacking the basket. We have to adjust our defense to prevent perimeter players from getting to the rim,” Reed said.
Susquehanna travels to play Elizabethtown on Jan. 24 and Catholic on Jan. 28, but returns home on Jan. 31 to play Alvernia.