ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team used a strong third quarter, including an 18-3 run to open the second half, to take down St. Mary's College of Maryland, 58-44, in Capital Athletic Conference play.
The Seahawk (5-12, 3-7 CAC) started off the contest scoring the first four points, including a jumper from the left wing by Kerri Kline.
The Sea Gulls (10-7, 6-4 CAC) answered with five-straight points of their own, featuring a three-point play off a fast-break layup from sophomore Morgan Grubb.
With just over a minute to play in the first quarter, St. Mary's took a 14-9 advantage, led by three points from Christine Morin, but Salisbury would end the period on a high note.
The Gulls closed out the quarter on a 5-2 stretch to get within two at 16-14; sophomore Dee Terry cashed in a three-pointer from the top of the key during the run.
St. Mary's opened up the scoring in the second with a jumper from Kline, but a 6-0 run from Salisbury gave the Sea Gulls a 20-18 lead just under three minutes into the quarter. Senior Julia McLaughlin led SU during the spurt with four points, including a 13-foot jump shot from in the lane.
After two baskets from Nina Haller put the Seahawks back on top, 22-20, the Sea Gull defense cracked down and started pressing, which allowed Salisbury to use an 8-2 run to take a 28-24 lead. St. Mary's turned the ball over seven times in the period.
A jump shot from Kobe Chaney cut the Sea Gulls' lead to 28-26, but Salisbury finished the quarter strong, taking a 35-28 lead into halftime after a 7-2 stretch, led by Terry who scored five during the span.
Salisbury opened the third quarter with a layup from junior Lauren Rothfeld. On the ensuing inbound, Grubb stole the ball and finished with a layup while getting fouled, connecting on her second and-one play of the day to put the score at 40-28 less than a minute into the quarter.
The Gulls would continue their run for the next four minutes, stretching their lead to 53-31 with 4:24 left to go in the third. Rothfeld led SU during the spurt, tallying six points.
St. Mary's went on a 5-2 run to end the quarter, putting the score at 55-36 heading into the fourth; Haller scored all five points.
The Seahawks' run continued in the fourth, as they scored the first five points of the quarter, but the Salisbury lead would not dip below 14 points the rest of the way, as the Sea Gulls held on for the victory.
McLaughlin finished the contest with 14 points and 12 rebounds, notching her sixth double-double of the season, while Rothfeld scored 14 points to go along with six rebounds. Grubb put together a strong all-around performance, tallying 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and five steals.
The Gulls will be back on the road on Saturday, January 30, when they take on York College of Pennsylvania. That game is set for 1 p.m.