SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team opened the new year against York College of Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, falling 67-59 to the Spartans in Capital Athletic Conference action.
After a 6-6 start to the game, Salisbury (6-6, 1-4 CAC) used a 13-0 run to jump out to an early 19-6 lead midway through the first quarter. The Sea Gulls extended their lead to 26-11 after the first quarter behind seven points from Rachel Ryan in the period. Ryan finished the game with a double-double, recording 13 points and 13 rebounds.
York (8-4, 4-1 CAC) fought its way back into the game in the second quarter, outscoring Salisbury 22-11 in the frame. The Spartans outscored the Sea Gulls 10-1 in the final 5:12 of the period to make it 37-33 Salisbury heading into halftime. Junior Kaylyn French accounted for seven of Salisbury's 11 points in the quarter. French led all Sea Gulls in scoring with 20 points while adding 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists.
The Spartans came all the way back in the third quarter, tying the game 39-39 before the teams exchanged baskets. York closed the period on a 13-1 run to take a 54-44 lead after three quarters.
The Sea Gulls kept the game within reach in the fourth quarter and pulled as close as five points, 64-59, with 1:10 remaining on a French layup. Salisbury was unable to get any closer, however, as York made three free throws down the stretch to clinch the 67-59 conference win.
After shooting 57.9 percent from the field in the first quarter, the Sea Gulls finished the game at a 35.3 percent clip from the field. The Spartans shot 39.7 percent from the field despite shooting just 21.1 percent in the first period. Salisbury outrebounded York 52-38 in the game, including 19 offensive boards.
Salisbury travels to take on Frostburg State University on Saturday, January 6. The Sea Gulls and Bobcats will tip off at 1 p.m.