SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team kicked off 2019 with a victory over visiting Capital Athletic Conference opponent Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday afternoon, 57-49.
The Lions (6-7, 0-2 CAC) scored first on a three-pointer by Shanique Mattis just under a minute into the contest, but layups by Kaylyn French, Amber Onyekwere and Kaylee Otlowski put the Sea Gulls (10-3, 2-0 CAC) up 6-3 with six minutes to go in the first quarter. Mattis answered again with another three-pointer to tie the game, but another 7-0 run by Salisbury pushed the lead to 13-6. The Lions closed the opening quarter with a 5-2 run to cut their deficit to 15-11.
The second quarter began slow for both teams, with Salisbury extending its lead on a 6-2 run that ate up four minutes of clock. Back-to-back three-pointers by Penn State Harrisburg's Briana Davis over a 22-second span cut Salisbury's lead to only two points, 23-21, but the team closed out the first half with a 7-2 run over the final three minutes that was highlighted by a Kylie Webb three-pointer with 31 seconds to go. Salisbury led Penn State-Harrisburg 30-23 at the half.
Webb opened the third quarter with another three-pointer only 37 seconds in. Megan Konig then helped extend the Sea Gull lead to 35-23 on a layup two minutes later. The Lions scored the next five points to put them within eight, but an 8-5 run by the Sea Gulls closed out the third quarter and pushed the lead back to 10 points, 43-33.
The fourth quarter began with a 6-0 Lions run that included another Mattis 3-pointer to cut Salisbury's lead to 43-39. After a Konig jump shot with just over six minutes to go, it was Mattis again keeping her team in the game with five more unanswered points from the field to cut the Salisbury lead to 50-46. The four-point deficit would be the closest the Lions would get as the Sea Gulls closed the game with a 7-3 run over the final three minutes.
Onyekwere led all Sea Gulls with 15 points, three assists, and four steals. Otlowski pulled in a team-high 10 rebounds in the winning effort.
The team returns to action on Wednesday, January 9 when it travels to take on CAC opponent the University of Mary Washington. Opening tip is set for 6 p.m.