SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team hosted No. 10 University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference play and fell 59-47 on Saturday afternoon.
The Sea Gulls (9-10, 5-7 CAC) were the dominant side in the opening quarter, working up a 19-8 lead. Salisbury had amassed a 7-0 lead two minutes into the contest before the Eagles (17-1, 10-1 CAC) responded. After UMW broke the initial 7-0 run, Salisbury went directly into a 9-0 run that ended at the 3:35 mark as the Gulls were able to shut down the top players for the Eagles and get scoring from all over the court. Up 19-8 at quarter's end, the Sea Gulls were shooting 60 percent from the field (6-for-10) and 50 percent from three-point range (1-for-2). Also in the first, the Gulls held an 11-2 advantage on the glass; holding the visitors to just two defensive boards while Salisbury had two offensive and nine defensive rebounds.
Mary McDonagh had the first five points of the game and went for nine points in the first quarter. She ended the game with 15 points and seven rebounds, going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
In the second, Mary Washington was able to get the Sea Gull lead down to five points by the 2:49 mark, holding Salisbury to just three points at that juncture. From there, the Eagles got the game's next five points to tie the game, 22-22 with a three-point play with a minute to go in the half.
After the Eagles tied things up, Paige Bryce was able to beat her defender down low and put Salisbury back ahead 24-22 with 30 seconds to play. The visitors closed out the scoring in the half with a pair of free throw to send the teams into the locker room tied at 24.
To start the third quarter, Lauren Rothfeld hit a pair of mid-range jumpers prior to the Eagles responding with a three-point play. At 28-27, McDonagh slashed down the lane with the Eagle defense out of sorts and finished the lay up to bring the score to 30-27. The rest of the third, the Gulls outscored the Eagles 9-4 as a deep step-back two from Rothfeld was the last bucket of the quarter to extend the lead to eight, 39-31.
Rothfeld ended the game with 14 points, seven rebounds, and a team-high three assists.
Mary Washington started the fourth with a 4-0 spurt but Rothfeld added a few feet of depth from her step back to end the third and notched a difficult three-pointer to put the Sea Gulls ahead 42-35. The Eagles responded with a 12-0 run over the next six minutes to make the score 47-42 before Ashlyn Smith put a stop to it with a lay in at the 2:43 mark.
On the possession after Smith's bucket, the Eagles hit a three, but Rothfeld responded with one of her own at 1:37 to cut the UMW lead to 50-47. In the last 1:37 of play, the visitors outscored Salisbury 9-0 to pull away with the victory.
At game's end, the Gulls held a 46-36 edge on the glass as they were able to nab 14 offensive boards. Bryce had eight rebounds in the game while Smith pulled in four.
The Gulls return to action on Wednesday, February 1 at Wesley College for a 6 p.m., tip.