SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team got its 2016-17 Capital Athletic Conference slate underway, with a convincing 72-36 win over St. Mary's College of Maryland on Wednesday night at the Maggs Physical Activities Center.
The double up of the in-state rivals started with the Sea Gulls outscoring the Seahawks, 20-11 in the opening stanza and never looking back.
Three minutes into the game, Lauren Rothfeld had a quick seven points and Salisbury was already starting to assert its dominance over the visitors.
Rothfeld went for 17 points for the second consecutive game as she also led the game with a career-high seven steals
McDonagh was the team's second leading scorer in the contest with 14 points. She also added four steals in the victory.
In the second quarter, neither team was able to crack double digits as they each notched just seven points.
A Kaylyn French offensive board and put back with one second on the clock before half had the home squad up 28-17 at the break.
French led the team with 10 rebounds on the day, including six coming off the Gulls' offensive glass.
Coming out of the break, Salisbury got back to its high powered offense that it featured in the opening quarter.
Salisbury opened up the half on and 8-0 run and when St. Mary's hit a jumper three minutes into the third, SU went directly into a 9-0 run. In all, Salisbury put up 32 points in the quarter to St. Mary's 11.
Rothfeld had nine in the decisive quarter, while the Gulls were able to otherwise spread the scoring around. Eight Sea Gulls hit field goals in the third as the team ended with 12 players getting field goals in the contest, a season high.
Salisbury continued to dominate down the stretch and did not take their foot off the gas till the final whistle. Not a single starter notched a point in the closing period but Salisbury still outscored St. Mary's by a 13-7 margin, marking the second time in the game Salisbury held the Seahawks to under 10 points in a quarter. It is the first time this season that the Sea Gulls have held a team to under 10 points in two quarters of a game this year.
Salisbury led in every major statistical category on the day including rebounds (47-33), field goal percentage (36.2-27.9), assists (11-7), and an impressive 33-5 edge in bench scoring.
The Gulls will now travel to Pennsylvania State University- Harrisburg on Saturday, December 4. That game is set for 1 p.m.