SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team took the Capital Athletic Conference's leading team, Marymount (Va.) University, all the way to overtime on Saturday evening, but came up just short, falling to the Saints, 48-45.
Both teams put on stifling performances on defense during the whole contest, as each squad tallied 10 steals in the low-scoring affair.
Marymount began the game on a 5-2 stretch that lasted the first four minutes of the first quarter, led by a three pointer from Abby Fisher.
Salisbury retaliated with an 8-0 run, with senior Julia McLaughlin and junior Lauren Rothfeld each tallying four points during the spurt. McLaughlin would finish with 12 points and 14 rebounds, good for her fifth double-double of the season, while Rothfeld totaled six points and 10 boards.
The Saints closed out the opening quarter with a 4-2 run, but the Sea Gulls would carry a 12-9 lead into the second.
Sophomore Josephine Noonan opened the second quarter with a layup to put the score at 14-9 under a minute into the period.
Marymount answered with seven-straight points to take a 16-14 lead halfway through the quarter, led by another three from Fisher.
From that point on, the game would stay within four points, as both teams did not allow the other to build a substantial lead.
After the Saints took the lead with five minutes left in the second, the Sea Gull offense, led by McLaughlin, closed out the quarter on an 8-2 run, taking a 22-18 advantage into halftime. McLaughlin had six points during the stretch.
In the third, neither team's offense could get it going, as just a total of 10 points were scored in the period.
Miranda Krott cashed a layup one-and-a-half minutes in to put the score at 22-20, but Marymount would not be able to take a lead in the quarter.
A free throw from sophomore Morgan Grubb and a layup on the right side from freshman Kaylyn French gave Salisbury a 25-23 lead with just over two minutes to go in the third before a layup from Krott tied the game up heading into the fourth.
Neither team separated themselves by more than two points in the fourth quarter, as both defenses clamped down during the period.
With 1:24 left in regulation, Krott hit a layup that put the Saints up 37-35. After an empty possession from the Sea Gulls, Marymount went on the offensive but could not find the bottom of the net on a shot by Nicole Viscuso, and French came down with the rebound to give the Gulls a chance to send the game into overtime.
With 18 seconds left in regulation, McLaughlin dribbled into the lane and put in a right-handed jumper from the middle of the paint to force overtime.
Marymount struck first in overtime at 4:01 with two free throws from Viscuso that gave the Saints a 39-37 advantage; Marymount would not lose its lead for the rest of the game.
For the first four minutes of the period, Salisbury was able to keep Marymount to within three points, but the Saints were able to cash in points from the charity stripe during the last minute to earn the victory.
French finished the game with 10 points and nine rebounds, while Noonan notched eight points.
The Gulls now look to a three-game away stretch that begins with a matchup against Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday, January 23. That game is set for 1 p.m.