YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team traveled to the York College of Pennsylvania for a Capital Athletic Conference showdown and fell to the Spartans, 74-51 on Saturday afternoon.
The game started off with each side trading hard fought baskets as the score worked up to a 7-4 Sea Gull (8-7, 4-4 CAC) lead with a three pointer from Mary McDonagh and a pair of buckets from Lauren Rothfeld before the home team went on an 11-0 run to bring it to 15-7. Rothfeld put an end to the run with a layup at 2:42, then hit a deep jumper on the next possession to make it 15-11. From there the Spartans (11-4, 5-3 CAC) outscored Salisbury 4-0 to close of the quarter up 19-11.
With eight points in the first quarter alone, Rothfeld ended the day as the game's leading scorer with 25 points, one shy of her career high. She also notched her second-straight double-double after grabbing 10 boards.
York got the better of the Gulls in the second, outscoring them 16-7. The team's opened up the quarter with each side hitting mid-range jumpers to bring the score to 21-13, but it would be all York from there, outscoring the Gulls 14-5 over the last eight minutes.
Salisbury had an impressive 15 offensive rebounds in the first half as it outrebounded York 26-19. Paige Bryce had six rebounds in the opening half, while Josephine Noonan grabbed four. At game's end Salisbury held the edge in rebounding at 54-42 including a season-high 31 offensive boards. The 31 offensive rebounds is the most Salisbury has had with Head Coach Kelly Lewandowski at the helm. Bryce ended the day as the game's leading rebounder with 11.
The Sea Gulls opened the third quarter on a 7-0 as Rothfeld hit a turnaround jumper before Kelsie Bacon banked one in from a seemingly impossible angle from the left wing just inside three-point range. The run went to six when Megan Konig put one back after the team nabbed a couple more offensive boards. From there Rothfeld hit a free throw to close out the run down 37-25. As the Gulls cut the lead to 12, the Spartans came storming back as they ended the quarter on a 22-9 stretch to bring their lead to 25.
The closest the Gulls would get the score in the fourth was 20 as the Spartans held on for the conference victory.
Mary McDonagh had another strong day from the point, going for six assists on the day.
The Gulls will next play on Wednesday, January 18 with a home contest against Wesley College at 5:30 p.m.