DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After taking on Messiah College on the first day of the Land of Magic Classic on Monday, the Salisbury University women's basketball team fell to No. 3 Amherst College, 59-35, on its final day of the tournament on Tuesday afternoon.
Salisbury jumped out to a 3-0 lead after sophomore Josephine Noonan cashed in a free throw and a layup during the first two minutes of action, but Amherst answered with a 15-2 spurt that lasted over four-and-a-half minutes, led by three pointers from Hannah Hackley, Meredith Doswell, and Ali Doswell, which put the Lord Jeffs up, 15-5.
The Gulls would recover at the end of the quarter as a layup from sophomore Morgan Grubb and a basket from the charity stripe by sophomore Paige Bryce put the game within single digits, 17-8, heading into the second.
The Lord Jeffs kept their strong offensive attack going in the second quarter, starting the period on an 8-2 stretch to take a 25-10 advantage. The Sea Gulls would battle back again, getting within 12 points when senior Julia McLaughlin put in a layup at 4:27 to make the score 26-14. But Amherst finished the quarter on a 5-3 run, taking a 31-17 lead into halftime.
The offense remained hot for the Lord Jeffs in the third quarter, as they opened up the period on an 11-0 run that lasted five-and-a-half minutes, taking a 42-17 advantage.
Salisbury answered back with a 9-3 spurt led by a balanced attack from five different Sea Gulls to put the score at 45-26, before Amherst finished the quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 50-26 lead into the fourth.
The Sea Gulls began the fourth on a 5-1 run that put Salisbury within 20 points at 51-31, led by sophomore Dee Terry and McLaughlin, who each tallied two points during the span. Despite the strong start, the Lord Jeffs would not let the Sea Gulls get any closer, finishing off the contest on an 8-4 run.
McLaughlin led Salisbury with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds on the afternoon, while Noonan tallied seven points and Terry finished with six.
The Gulls will look to bounce back on Saturday, January 2, when they host St. Mary's College of Maryland at Maggs Physical Activities Center for a Capital Athletic Conference matchup. That game is set for 2 p.m.