SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team battled hard on Wednesday night, but came up just short, falling to York College of Pennsylvania, 80-74, in overtime in Capital Athletic Conference action.
York (Pa.) started the game on a 6-2 spurt, led by layups from Katie Wagner and Morgan Kuehne. After cashing in two free throws, junior Lauren Rothfeld came through with a steal, which led to a made jumper from senior Julia McLaughlin, knotting the game at 6-6 with 3:51 left in the first quarter.
Karli McFatridge came on strong for the Spartans at the end of the quarter, tallying seven-straight points to give York a 13-11 lead going into the second.
The Spartans opened up the scoring in the second with a jump shot from Katie McGowan, but sophomore Mary McDonagh answered back with a three-point play after getting fouled while making a layup.
After a layup by McGowan put York up 17-14, Salisbury retaliated with two-straight baskets, a jumper from Rothfeld and a layup from sophomore Josephine Noonan, to take its first lead of the contest, 18-17.
A three from Sam Hruz put the Spartans back on top with 6:30 left in the second, but the Gulls would finish the quarter on a 15-7 stretch to take a 33-27 lead into halftime. Sophomore Paige Bryce provided a spark off the bench during the span, tallying six points and a block.
McLaughlin started the third quarter with a layup to put Salisbury up by eight, and after a three-point play from Kuehne, McLaughlin notched another layup to give the Gulls a 37-30 lead early in the third.
The Spartans slowly broke away at the Sea Gulls' lead in the third, and eventually took back the lead at 6:08, when Kuehne finished with a layup.
Salisbury responded with a 7-2 run, led by a three from Rothfeld, to go back up, 44-40, with 4:06 left. York battled back again and went up 47-46 after a made free throw from Julianne Lambert, but sophomore Morgan Grubb made a jumper with five seconds left to give the Gulls a 48-47 lead heading into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was similar to the third, with neither team building a substantial lead in the period. After a layup from Wagner opened up the scoring in the fourth, a lay-in from McDonagh and a jump shot by freshman Kaylyn French put Salisbury up 52-49 less than two minutes in.
The Spartans used a 7-0 run, featuring two layups from Sam Hruz, to take a 56-52 lead before the Sea Gulls answered right back with a 6-1 spurt to retake the lead, 58-57.
With 58 seconds to go in regulation, McDonagh drained a long jumper that put Salisbury in the lead, 60-59, but long ball from Beth Wiseley, her only basket of the game, gave York a 62-60 advantage with under 30 seconds left in regulation.
After two clutch free throws from Rothfeld that tied the game at 62-62, the Spartans took the ball down the court and found Kuehne, who nailed a jumper with three seconds left on the clock.
In a last-ditch effort, the Sea Gulls were able to get the ball to McLaughlin in the paint, who drove in and cashed a one-handed jumper as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
York was able to get to the foul line at will in overtime, using free throws to help build a 74-68 lead with 40 seconds left in overtime.
A jumper and two free throws from McLaughlin got Salisbury to within two with 24 seconds left, but York was able to keep hitting free throws and would hold on to win the game.
McLaughlin finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds, tallying her fourth double-double of the season, while McDonagh posted 17 points on the evening. Rothfeld notched 13 points and nine rebounds for the Gulls.
Salisbury will be back in action on Saturday, January 9, when it travels to take on the University of Mary Washington in CAC play. That game is set for 3 p.m.