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Susquehanna slogs way to victory

Kim Acton © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kim Acton © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Crusaders use second-half run to down McDaniel in final action of 2010

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Gina Palazzi netted 13 points to lead Susquehanna to a 53-44 victory over McDaniel in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday.

Samantha Pelletier added 11 points for the Crusaders (5-5), who turned up the offensive pressure in the second half after a first half that featured a combined 34 points and 28 turnovers.

Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) led the Green Terror (1-8) with her first career double-double, recording 14 points and 11 rebounds while Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) and Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) added nine points apiece.

A Larsen basket put the Green Terror back on top by two with 3:09 remaining but a pair of Pelletier shots and Boone layup gave the hosts a 19-15 advantage at the break.

After Thompson trimmed the deficit to two just 1:08 into the second half, Pelletier nailed a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 run for a 26-17 lead – Susquehanna's largest of the game to that point.

Out of a timeout, Larsen hit a jumper to snap the burst and trim the deficit to seven with 16:04 to play.

A Thompson three-point play made it a six-point game before the Crusaders reeled off nine of the game's next 11 points for a 37-24 lead with 11:40 on the clock.

An Acton jumper in the lane closed the deficit to 39-32 with 6:32 to play but an Erika Barron basket snapped a 4-minute, 34-second scoring drought for Susquehanna to push the lead back to nine.

Two Thompson free throws on the next possession once again closed the deficit to seven but Barron countered with a triple to make it 44-34 with 4:25 showing en route to the nine-point win.

Behind three baskets from Palazzi, including a pair of second-chance buckets, Susquehanna built a 6-0 lead, forcing a McDaniel timeout 2:52 into the contest.

A Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) 17-foot jump shot at the 14:19 mark broke up the shutout.

After a single Pelletier free throw, Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) and Acton hit long jumpers to pull the visitors within 7-6 with 9:32 on the clock.

On the next Crusader possession, Amarra Boone pushed the lead back to three.

Rybak and Acton made it a 10-9 game with baskets on back-to-back Green Terror possessions, forcing a Susquehanna timeout with 8:04 on the clock.

A Rybak 3-pointer extended the lead to four before Rachael Hughes snapped the 11-2

McDaniel stretch with a jumper and a Palazzi layup evened the game at 13-all with 5:29 showing.

Rybak tallied seven points while Snoops added five for the Green Terror.

McDaniel returns to action at Ursinus on Jan. 5. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


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