FROSTBURG, Md. – The No. 18 Salisbury University women's basketball team put together a strong second half to push past Frostburg State University, 63-55, on Saturday afternoon to maintain its unblemished record in the Capital Athletic Conference.
The first half remained close through the full 20 minutes, although the Bobcats jumped out to a 13-6 lead to start the game. The Sea Gulls kicked off a 10-0 run with 11 minutes left in the half, started by a layup by sophomore Lauren Rothfeld. With junior Julia McLaughlin making the quick steal on the next Frostburg possession, senior Courtney McManus would turn it into three points on the other end.
Trailing by just two, Rothfeld kept the run going after pulling down an offensive rebound and putting it back for two points, drawing the foul and finishing the three-point play at the charity stripe to give the Sea Gulls their first lead of the game, 14-13.
Continuing to battle it out throughout the first half, seeing five lead changes between the two squads, Salisbury would take the lead into the half after freshman Paige Bryce came in off the bench to hit her first shot of the game. Catching the ball at the top of the key from senior Alexis Perno, Bryce dropped in a shot for two points as time expired on the clock for a 28-26 lead.
The Sea Gulls (14-1, 8-0 CAC) shot 34.5 percent from the field through the first 20 minutes, as senior Sarah Seipp paced the offense with nine points. The Bobcats shot 40.7 percent in the first half.
McLaughlin got SU going at the start of the second half, finding the basket just 10 seconds in for a quick layup. The fast start would begin an 8-2 run for the Sea Gulls. Following a Bobcat basket, senior Melanie Mocniak, Hackett and Seipp all cashed in on two-pointers in the run.
Frostburg (1-12, 0-8 CAC) would get as close as three points to the Gulls, but Salisbury went on a nine-point surge to separate itself from the Bobcats and get out to a double-digit lead, 49-37, a deficit FSU couldn't overcome.
Through a two-minute span, the Bobcats chipped away at the Sea Gull lead to get within five, 59-54, with 33 seconds remaining in the game. Being sent to the free-throw line several times in the closing seconds, Salisbury dropped in four to seal up a 63-55 victory.
Salisbury shot 34.4 percent for the game with Seipp and McLaughlin leading the way with 13 points apiece, while Hackett and Rothfeld added nine points each. Rothfeld also added a team-high and tied a career-high nine rebounds.
The Sea Gulls head back home looking to finish off the first half of conference play undefeated, as Salisbury welcomes Wesley College to Maggs Physical Activities Center on Wednesday, January 21. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.