Noonan leads Salisbury to 77-49 victory over St. Mary’s

Noonan leads Salisbury to 77-49 victory over St. Mary’s

SALISBURY, Md. – Sophomore Josephine Noonan had a strong day in the post on Saturday afternoon, leading the Salisbury University women's basketball team to a 77-49 win over St. Mary's College of Maryland to remain undefeated in Capital Athletic Conference play.

Noonan ended the contest with a game-high 19 points, which ties the career-high she set against Frostburg State University on December 5, 2015. The Ferndale, Pennsylvania native also tallied eight rebounds and a block.

St. Mary's jumped out to a 6-2 lead to start the game, led by a jumper from Nina Haller, who was tasked to guard Noonan during the contest.

Layups from freshman Kaylyn French and junior Lauren Rothfeld tied the game at 6-6 with 4:31 to go in the first quarter, but a 5-2 spurt by the Seahawks saw them take an 11-8 lead with two minutes to go in the first.

The Sea Gulls responded with an 8-0 run to end the first, which included dominant post play from Noonan and a steal that led to a fast-break layup from sophomore Dee Terry.

After getting on top at the end of the first, Salisbury did not look back and would lead for the rest of the contest.

The Gulls started the second on an 8-4 stretch, which put the score at 24-15 four-and-a-half minutes into the period.

Anna McClain cashed in two free throws to cut Salisbury's lead to seven points, but like the first quarter, the Gulls finished strong in the second, using a 9-1 run to take a 33-18 advantage into halftime. Terry was all over the court during the spurt, notching three steals and an assist during the run.

McClain notched a layup to open up scoring in the third quarter to get the game within 13 points, at 33-20, but that is as close as the Seahawks would get, as the Sea Gulls did not let down on either end of the court for the rest of the game.

After having a slow start, senior Julia McLaughlin got it going in the third quarter, scoring eight points in the period and helping Salisbury jump out to a 40-24 lead with 6:30 left in the period. McLaughlin finished the game with 13 point and six rebounds.

For the rest of the third quarter, the Sea Gulls continued to build their lead, taking a 55-36 lead into the fourth. Salisbury answered every Seahawk basket with a basket of its own in third, thwarting a potential comeback effort.

The same trend carried over into the fourth, as the Gulls stayed aggressive on both ends of the floor, building a 29-point lead with less than two minutes left in the game to keep the contest out of reach.

Rothfeld finished with eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while sophomore Mary McDonagh notched nine points and three assists. Salisbury also enjoyed strong play off the bench, as freshman Megan Konig finished with six points and French posted eight points.

The Sea Gulls will be back at home on Wednesday, January 6, for a clash against conference co-leader York College of Pennsylvania. That game is set for 5:30 p.m.

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