WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team saw four individuals score double-digits, including senior Katie McGahagan who picked up a double-double, as it defeated Trinity (D.C.) University, 73-49, on Monday evening.
Salisbury (12-11) would score the first points of the contest as sophomore Anna Hackett hit a jumper and McGahagan followed with a layup of her own. But Trinity would go on a seven-point run to take its only lead of the night, 7-4, before the Sea Gulls took the advantage for good as McGahagan put in two for a 10-9 edge.
The Sea Gulls went up by as much as 19 points in the first half as Tiger turnovers allowed SU to score half their points off turnovers. Junior Maggie Nagle's put back gave Salisbury a 34-15 lead with 43 seconds remaining in the half. Freshman Karly Oristian put away the Sea Gulls' last bucket of the half to give the Gulls a 36-17 advantage going into the second period. Nagle scored a career-best eight points in the game.
Trinity (6-12) would enter the second half scoring the first three baskets to move within 13 points, 36-23 with 17 minutes left to play. A jumper by sophomore Courtney McManus changed the momentum of the early minutes of the final half as Salisbury took control, mounting a 28-point lead.
SU saw 21 points come off the bench in the second period, shooting 56.5 percent from the floor.
McManus scored a team-high 13 points in the contest as McGahagan and freshman Julia McLaughlin each scored 12 points with Hackett adding 11.
Salisbury held the Tigers to 31.3 percent from the floor for the game as SU ended the game shooting 55.6 percent.
The Sea Gulls return home for their final regular-season contest as they take on St. Mary's (Md.) College at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Salisbury will host its "Play 4Kay" game that evening in which the team will be accepting donations and selling tickets for a basket raffle, which will take place during halftime of the game. All proceeds will go to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
McGahagan, the teams only senior, will also be celebrated in her final regular-season home contest.