FREDERICK, Md. – Three players scored at least a dozen points as the Salisbury University women's basketball team picked up a 63-57 win against Hood College on Wednesday night staying alive in the battle for the final Capital Athletic Conference tournament berth.
The Sea Gulls (9-15, 6-9 CAC) jumped out to an early lead, up by as many as seven in the opening stages of the first half. A 9-0 run, capped by a layup from sophomore Nicole Sisco, gave the Gulls a 12-5 lead. Sisco was one of Salisbury's top performers on the night, putting up 16 points to go with nine rebounds.
The Salisbury lead would not last as the Blazers (8-15, 3-13 CAC) would claw back and take the advantage heading into halftime; Hood held a 35-31 lead at the break. Sisco and senior Chante' McKinney led the way for the Gulls at the break with eight points apiece.
A 5-0 Salisbury run to start the second half allowed the Gulls to regain the lead, marking the first of five lead changes in the half. Sophomore Katie McGahagan's layup with 5:44 left in the game gave Salisbury a lead it would not relinquish. The Gulls closed the game on a 16-8 run.
Salisbury's defense turned up the heat in the final 20 minutes forcing 16 Hood turnovers and turning those miscues into 19 points. After the Blazers shot 57 percent from the field in the first half the Sea Gulls held Hood to 38.5 percent in the second half.
Junior Glen Charlton scored 17 points to lead the Gulls while McKinney finished with 12. McGahagan pulled down 13 rebounds and scored seven points.
Salisbury will look to close out the 2010-11 regular season with a win on Saturday as the Sea Gulls travel to York (Pa.) College. Salisbury will need a win and a loss by St. Mary's (Md.) College, which travels to Frostburg State University on Saturday, to collect the final playoff spot.