FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Senior Katie McGahagan picked up 10 points and 13 boards, earning her seventh double-double of the season as the Salisbury University women's basketball team fell at the hands of Capital Athletic Conference rival the University of Mary Washington, 55-39, on Wednesday evening.
Salisbury (10-9, 4-3 CAC) took the first lead of the evening, 4-0, as McGahagan and sophomore Anna Hackett sent back-to-back jumpers in before Carol Dye put the Eagles on the board, 4-2.
The Sea Gulls would get up 9-6 with 14 minutes to play, by way of a Hackett basket, but the Eagles went on a 22-5 run to close out the half, taking a 28-14 lead at the break.
McGahagan caught fire in the second half, scoring the maroon and gold's first six points of the final period. The forward scored eight of her 10 points and pulled down eight of her 13 rebounds in the final 20 minutes of play. McGahagan, who averages 8.9 rebounds per game, claimed a spot in SU women's basketball history with 633 career rebounds placing her in the top 10 career leaders at Salisbury.
The Sea Gulls picked up 20 rebounds in the second half, compared to 10 in the first, helping the Gulls keep Mary Washington to 27 points after halftime. SU scored 25 after the break, as sophomore Courtney McManus hit two shots from three-point range with Hackett adding four points. McManus finished the night with nine points and two assists while Hackett went 5-for-12 from the floor for 10 points.
Mary Washington (15-5, 7-1 CAC) was held to just six points in the paint in the final minutes as SU outscored the Eagles 10-6 in the paint and 9-4 off turnovers.
The Eagles were led by Claire Haeuple with 15 points and Dye, who also picked up a double-double, with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
SU will continue in CAC action, hosting its next two contests. The Sea Gulls will face York (Pa.) College on Saturday, Feb. 2, and then will take on Marymount (Va.) University on Feb. 6. Tip off against York is at 2 p.m.