FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Kaylyn French scored a team-high 17 points and the Salisbury University women's basketball team defeated Capital Athletic Conference opponent the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday night, 57-48.
Amber Onyekwere led the way for the Sea Gulls (11-3, 3-0 CAC) in the first quarter with eight points, including a jumper just 30 seconds in for the first score of the game. A free throw by Lauren Fortescue at the 2:18 mark gave Salisbury its largest lead of the quarter at seven, but a three-pointer by Kayla Sakyi with 17 seconds to go cut Mary Washington's (7-7, 1-2 CAC) deficit to 16-12. A Megan Konig free throw ended the opening frame in favor of Salisbury, 17-12.
A Kylie Webb three-pointer just 22 seconds into the second quarter helped spur a 9-2 run for the maroon and gold resulting in a 26-14 lead with just under six minutes to go. The Eagles answered with a 12-6 run over the final 5:36 that was capped by an Emily Thompson three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining. French led with seven points in the quarter, including a free throw in the final seconds that gave Salisbury a 33-26 halftime lead.
Mary Washington kept pace with the Sea Gulls for much of the third quarter and managed to cut its deficit down to four points with just under three minutes remaining, but Salisbury closed the third with a 6-0 run to push its lead back to 45-35 on a jump shot by French with 27 seconds remaining.
The Eagles remained in striking distance again in the fourth quarter, scoring the first three points to shrink their deficit to 45-38. They would get within five twice in the final minutes, but Salisbury closed the game on an 8-3 run to cap off the victory.
To go along with her 17 points, French also tied teammate Rachel Ryan with a team-high eight rebounds. Onyekwere and Webb scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Ryan, Onyekwere and Webb each had a team-high two assists.
The team continues its conference road trip when it travels to Southern Virginia University on Saturday, January 12. Opening tip is set for 1 p.m.