SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team took a two-point lead into the fourth quarter before No. 10 Christopher Newport University exploded for 30 points to defeat the Sea Gulls 68-52 on Wednesday night in Capital Athletic Conference action.
The first half was a tale of two quarters, as Christopher Newport (18-2, 12-1 CAC) jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first period.
Salisbury (11-9, 6-7 CAC) responded by making two three-pointers to open the second quarter and start the period on a 10-0 run. Paige Bryce capped the 19-8 second quarter with two layups to give the Sea Gulls a 25-23 lead going into the break. The 23 points are the fewest the Captains have scored in the first half all year.
The Sea Gulls and Captains went back and forth in the third quarter, with Salisbury taking a 40-38 lead into the final frame.
Christopher Newport shot 53.3 percent from the field in the fourth quarter en route to 30 points in the period and the 16-point victory.
Salisbury outshot the Captains on the day, holding Christopher Newport to just 33.8 percent from the floor while shooting 41.5 percent themselves. The Captains forced 14 more turnovers than the Sea Gulls, which they turned into 21 points.
Kaylyn French was the only Sea Gull to score in double figures with 12 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals. Morgan Grubb and Megan Konig both recorded nine points, including two of Salisbury's four three-pointers on the night.
Senior Mary McDonagh tallied eight points and seven assists. The seven assists gave McDonagh 307 for her career, which ties her for seventh on the Salisbury women's basketball all-time assists leaderboard.
Salisbury concludes its three-game homestand against Frostburg State University on Saturday, February 3 at 1 p.m.