Strong second half leads women's basketball past Mary Washington

Strong second half leads women's basketball past Mary Washington

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team picked up a big Capital Athletic Conference victory over the University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Eagles 65-49 for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Salisbury (11-8, 6-6 CAC) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead before Mary Washington (9-10, 8-4 CAC) scored the next six points. The Sea Gulls scored the final five points of the quarter to go up 13-6 after one period.

Salisbury increased its lead to 21-11 on a Paige Bryce jumper midway through the second quarter. Bryce finished the day with four points, seven rebounds, two blocks, and two assists. Megan Konig kept the lead at 10 with a three-pointer followed by a long two-pointer before the Eagles added four points at the end of the period, sending the game to halftime with a 26-20 Sea Gull advantage.

After keeping the lead at arm's length throughout the third quarter, Mary McDonagh scored six straight for Salisbury to take a 46-34 lead near the end of the third quarter. McDonagh stuffed the stat sheet for the maroon and gold, tallying 12 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals.

The Sea Gulls extended their lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Rachel Ryan started to heat up for the home team. Ryan, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds, scored 10 of Salisbury's first 12 points in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 21 and give the Sea Gulls the comfortable victory.

Kaylyn French led the Sea Gulls in scoring once again with 16 points on 47.1 percent shooting. French added six rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and an assist in the win.

Salisbury shot 40 percent for the game while holding the Eagles to 35.3 percent shooting. The Sea Gulls committed just 10 turnovers while forcing 17 Mary Washington miscues.

Salisbury continues its three-game homestand on Wednesday, January 31 at 5:30 p.m. against No. 10 Christopher Newport University.

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