Toole, McManus set career highs as SU falls to Marymount

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team fell in its second meeting to Marymount (Va.) University, 67-48, on Wednesday evening in Capital Athletic Conference action at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

After an early basket by Marymount, Salisbury went on a six-point run as senior Katie McGahagan hit a jumper for the 6-2 edge with 15 minutes to play. The game would become tied at eight apiece before sophomore Courtney McManus hit her first three-pointer of the half. McManus went 3-for-6 behind the arc and added a pair of free throws and a jumper for 13 points in the opening minutes. The guard also set a new career-best with five steals and picked up six rebounds.

Marymount (19-4, 9-1 CAC) reclaimed the lead with eight minutes to play as Katelyn Fischer put two in off the glass. The one-point advantage quickly turned to three, 16-13, before McManus drained a long-range shot to even the score.

The Saints would take advantage of late turnovers by the Sea Gulls to take an eight-point cushion, 31-23, at the break. Salisbury shot 42.9 percent from the floor in the opening half.

Freshman Kayla Toole scored seven of her nine points in the second half. Toole picked up her first start of the season along with a career-best nine points and two rebounds. The guard went 4-for-7 from the floor with one shot from outside.

Salisbury (10-11, 4-5 CAC) was not able to overcome the first-half deficit but kept play even on the boards as each team grabbed 17 rebounds in the second half; McManus picked up five while McGahagan grabbed four. The Sea Gulls held the Saints to five offensive boards and pulled down eight of their own.

Sophomore Anna Hackett contributed six points in the contest with five assists, four coming in the second half.

The Saints shot 50 percent for the game and were led by Katelyn Fischer with 22 points and five assists.

SU hits the road for its next two contests. The Sea Gulls will head to Frostburg State University on Saturday, Feb. 9, for a CAC game before heading to Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11 to play in a non-conference contest against Trinity (D.C.) University.  

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