WESTMINSTER, Md. – Susquehanna had the final say in a game that featured eight ties and 19 lead changes, hitting a short-range jumper with 0.7 seconds left for a 55-54 victory over McDaniel in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday.
Jasmine Smith (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic Institute) led the Green Terror (4-6) with 13 points and six rebounds while Liv Storer (Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia/Galen Catholic College) matched her with 13 points of her own.
Rachel Sweger paced the River Hawks (6-5) with 17 points while Maggie Wilson had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Trailing 48-46 on a Caroline Ward (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) 3-pointer with 4:20 to play in the game, Nevin Hoenninger hit a layup on the other end to tie the game for the seventh time.
Storer hit the first of two free throws with 1:36 to play before McDaniel corralled the offensive rebound and called a timeout.
A five-second violation was called before the Green Terror could get the ball inbounds and Maddie Murray hit a jumper at the other end with 1:19 remaining for a 50-49 advantage.
After Smith and Hoenninger traded jumpers, Smith canned the second of two free throws with 38.9 seconds left to tie the game once again.
Bailey Trell did the same thing 8.5 seconds later to regain the one-point lead for Susquehanna.
A Storer short jumper with 16.5 ticks remaining turned the one-point deficit into a one-point lead and the River Hawks called a timeout to advance the ball.
After a missed layup on a drive down the lane, Murray secured the board and went back up from inside three feet for the game-winning basket with 0.7 seconds showing.
Susquehanna used a 7-0 run over a 5-minute, 18-second span in the first quarter to build a 16-4 lead. Baskets from Storer and Smith in the final 39 seconds, however, closed the margin to 16-10 at the end of the period.
Neither team made a field goal for the first 5:24 of the second quarter before Hannah Zajac (Houston, Texas/Clear Creek) hit a fast-break layup to close the margin to 17-15. Anna Mondoro (Dumfries, Va./Homeschool) hit a putback on the next Green Terror possession to tie the game at 17-all.
An Erin McQuillen 3-pointer with 1:09 to play in the quarter gave the visitors a 24-22 halftime edge.
The River Hawks pushed the lead out to eight in the first 1:05 of the third quarter before seven straight Green Terror points trimmed the margin to 30-29 midway through the period.
Smith just beat the third-quarter buzzer, hitting a 15-footer from the left side to give the hosts a 39-38 edge entering the final period.
Marley Burgess (Ashton, Md./Connelly School of the Holy Child) established a career best with nine points, hitting three triples. Ward chipped in a team-best eight rebounds to go with seven points.
McDaniel returns to action at Bryn Mawr on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.