Salisbury pushes past Frostburg, 62-49, with strong team play

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team opened its Capital Athletic Conference schedule against Frostburg State University, on Saturday, with a convincing 62-49 win over the Bobcats.

Salisbury (4-4, 1-0 CAC) started the contest off with a three-pointer from sophomore point guard Maggie King, senior forward Katie McGahagan assisted on the play. King had eight points on the afternoon, going 2-for-4 behind the arc.

A steal by sophomore point guard Anna Hackett with 11 minutes remaining in the first half would result in two points for the Gulls as the sophomore gave SU a 13-9 edge.

Frostburg (2-5, 0-2 CAC) struggled to penetrate the Salisbury defense as the Gulls' pressure caused 13 turnovers for 10 points and a pair of shot clock violations in the opening period.

With five minutes left in the half, Salisbury led the Bobcats 19-14 and would end the period up 25-18 after sophomore forward Julia McLaughlin and McGahagan combined for five points. McLaughlin went 5-for-8 from the floor in the contest and was perfect at the line going 6-for-6 for a team-high 16 points.

At the break, Salisbury held an upper hand scoring in the paint, scoring 12 points to Frostburg's four.

Frostburg tallied the first points of the second half before SU hit a three from sophomore guard Courtney McManus and then followed that play with a steal from King, who dumped a pass to Hackett for the lay in, giving Salisbury a 34-26 advantage.

The maroon and gold took its first double-digit lead five minutes into the second half, as a layup from junior forward Becca Himes gave SU a 37-26 edge. Himes had 12 rebounds in the contest with six points, two steals and one assist.

A pair of steals from Hackett resulted in two fast breaks and four points for Salisbury and a 12-point lead over the Bobcats, 41-29.

Frostburg would manage to close the gap, 41-36, as Elaina Hummel went 2-for-2 at the free-throw line but that would be the closest the Bobcats would get before the Sea Gulls built a 21-point lead with 3:47 remaining in the contest, going on to win 62-49.

For the game, Salisbury outscored Frostburg in the paint (22-18), off turnovers (28-12), on second chances (13-8) and off the bench (24-7).

Hackett had 10 points and three assists while McGahagan fell one rebound short of a double-double with nine boards and 11 points. McGahagan went 5-for-6 at the line.

Hummel had 20 points for the Bobcats, hitting five of nine three pointers. Stephanie Straka had eight points for Frostburg with nine assists.

Salisbury will return to action on the road, traveling to Hollins University on Saturday, Dec. 15 for a 2 p.m., start.

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