ARLINGTON,Va. – The Capital Athletic Conference No. 6 seeded Salisbury University women's basketball team took on No. 3 seeded and No. 25 nationally ranked Marymount (Va.) University and fell to the Saints, 58-44 on Tuesday night in the CAC postseason tournament.
The Saints (22-4, 15-3 CAC) got out to a quick 6-0 advantage via three layups less than three minutes into the game before Head Coach Kelly Lewandowski called for an early timeout. Mary McDonagh answered the call for the Sea Gulls (13-13, 9-9 CAC), hitting on a quick-release three-pointer on the next possession. The home side added another bucket when McDonagh's second three-pointer found the bottom of the basket at 4:04 for the team's second field goal and made the score 8-6. The Saints hit double-digits with a pull-up jumper in transition just over two minutes left and another transition bucket a minute later to end the scoring in the quarter ahead, 12-6.
The points in the paint led to the early Saint lead with Marymount getting eight and shooting 60.0 percent from the field, while Salisbury's six points all came from McDonagh threes.
The Saints started the second quarter by getting their lead up to 16-8 before Ashlyn Smith hit a tough shot down low while getting fouled less than three minutes into the quarter. The Sea Gulls next score came two minutes later with a Morgan Grubb jumper and Lauren Rothfeld went down the next possession and hit a jumper of her own to make the score 20-12. From there the Saints outscored Salisbury 4-2 the rest of the half to send the teams into the locker with the home team ahead, 24-14.
Rothfeld had a stat line of 10 points and eight rebounds at game's end as the only Gull to reach double digits.
Both squads had trouble holding onto the ball with Salisbury having nine turnovers in the first half, while Marymount had 10 giveaways. The Saints held the rebound battle at the break with 22, to the Sea Gulls' 15.
Paige Bryce and Kelsie Bacon each hit two buckets in the opening five minutes of the third, but the Saints kept turning at their first-half pace. Bryce's second bucket came at 5:10 and cut the Marymount lead down to 36-22. Marymount controlled the rest of the quarter as it went into the fourth quarter ahead 46-26.
Bryce had six points in the third quarter and ended her day with eight points and two assists, while Bacon also had eight points and two assists.
Bacon started the scoring in the fourth with a wide open lay in that McDonagh dished to her. A pair of Bryce free throws at 5:28 brought Salisbury back within 15 as the Gulls started the fourth getting the better of Marymount. However, the Saints were able to keep Salisbury out of striking distance to close out the game with the 58-44 win.