|Alexix Roman||Noelle Alicea|
|Sarah Payonk||Bridgette Mann|
SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Junior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) led all scorers with 20 points, as the seventh-ranked University of Scranton women's basketball team pulled away in the second half from host Susquehanna in a 65-51 victory on the road in Landmark Conference action on Thursday night.
With the win, Scranton moves to 14-0 overall on the year to match the best start for the Lady Royals since the 2003-04 season. Scranton also went to 4-0 in the Landmark with the victory, as well.
Susquehanna fell to 7-4 overall and 1-3 in the Landmark with the defeat.
To start the game, Susquehanna came out firing on all cylinders, eventually opening up a 17-8 lead on Scranton with 4:10 left in the opening period.
Following a timeout, however, Scranton finally got things going, ending the quarter on a strong 11-2 run to go into the second tied with the Crusaders at 19-all.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, as the game remained close between the teams into the half. But once again, Scranton ended a quarter strong, scoring the final four points of the first half to go into intermission up 34-30 on Susquehanna.
Out of the break, Scranton came out and dominated play to ultimately put the Crusaders away. Opening the third quarter on an 8-2 run to take their biggest lead of the night at 42-32 with six minutes left in the period, the Lady Royals went on to outscore Susquehanna 18-8 in the third stanza to take a 52-38 lead into the final period of play.
That 14-point deficit proved to be too much for Susquehanna to come back from the rest of the night, as the closest the Crusaders came to the Lady Royal lead over the final 10 minutes was 10 points (52-42), as Scranton rolled down the stretch to notch another win by double-figures, their 10th in a row overall.
On the night, Scranton got all 65 of their points from their starting five, paced by Roman's 20-point effort. Roman, who also pulled down seven rebounds in the win, has now scored at least 20 points in seven games on the year, and also scored in double-digits in 13 of 14 contests.
Elsewhere, senior guard Noelle Alicea (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) added 18 points, six rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) once again had a great all-around game, notching a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds on the evening. Payonk also dished out a game-high six assists in the win, as well.
Rounding out the double-digit scorers for Scranton was freshman guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) who added 10 points in the victory.
The Lady Royals look to continue their winning ways on Saturday, as they travel to Goucher for another Landmark Conference match-up on the road. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.