FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team traveled to Western Maryland to take on Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon to finish the regular season and the Gulls fell, 59-57, in Capital Athletic Conference play.
The Bobcats were the dominant side in the opening quarter, outscoring Salisbury 22-8 to get out to an early advantage. The Gulls got their eight points in the quarter from four field goals from four different players, including a Morgan Maturani lay in with just three seconds to go in the quarter.
By 6:10 of the second quarter, Frostburg had built its lead to 21 points at 31-10, but Salisbury started to chip away from there. Kelsie Bacon scored on the Gulls' next two possessions, getting the first one after pulling down an offensive board and putting it back up. The home side responded with a jumper at 4:59 to bring the score to 33-14, but Salisbury went right into a 6-0 run where Lauren Rothfeld was able to knock down a three to start the push. From there both sides collected two more points to have the score at halftime read 35-22.
Rothfeld was the game's leading scorer with 19 points and leading facilitator with a career-high nine assists. She also added five steals in the contest. Bacon finished her last regular season contest with 10 points, four rebounds, and two assists.
After being down 21 points in the second, just two-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter, Salisbury got within five via a jumper from Bacon where Paige Bryce was credited with the helper. The Bobcats kept the Sea Gulls at bay the rest of the quarter, getting their lead back as high as 10 points. The score sat at 45-39 following a Bryce jumper from Rothfeld but Victoria Diggs closed out the scoring in the quarter with a three with 33 seconds left to go ahead 48-39.
Bryce joined Rothfeld and Bacon in double digits with 10 to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Rachel Ryan led the game with eight rebounds.
With 6:21 left, Jessie Iacobellis brought her team within four points for the first time since the first quarter with a layup off one of Rothfeld's nine assists. Ryan then brought it down to a two-point game on Salisbury's next possession. The sides traded baskets until Rothfeld knocked down a three at 1:56 to make it a one-point contest. Rothfeld continued turning, getting a jumper on the next possession to give Salisbury its first lead of the game, 57-56. Over the next 50 seconds the Bobcats hit two free throws to go up one and a three-point attempt by Rothfeld at the buzzer would not drop, closing out the game 59-57.
The end of the regular season marks the start of the CAC postseason for the Gulls. Salisbury enters the tournament as the No. 6 seed and will travel to third-seeded Marymount (Va.) University on Tuesday, February 21 at 6 p.m.