YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team used a late rally to get within 11 points in the fourth quarter, but fell short, dropping a 58-47 contest to York College of Pennsylvania in Capital Athletic Conference action.
Salisbury (10-8, 6-5 CAC) got off to a quick start in the game, scoring the first four points of the contest. Sophomore Josephine Noonan scored both buckets for the Gulls, including a layup on the left side after cutting down the lane.
The York (15-3, 9-2 CAC) offense answered back with a 13-0 spurt, taking a 13-4 lead with less than five minutes to go in the opening quarter. Sam Hruz notched four points during the run that lasted almost three minutes.
Free throws from freshman Kaylyn French, sophomore Dee Terry, and junior Lauren Rothfeld cut the Spartans' lead to 13-7, but York finished the quarter on a 4-0 stretch to taking a 17-7 lead into the second.
The second quarter started off with a two-on-one opportunity for the Sea Gulls that led to a fast-break layup from sophomore Mary McDonagh to put the score at 17-9.
That basket started a 6-2 run for Salisbury, led by senior Julia McLaughlin, who tallied four points during the span, including a jump shot in the paint. McLaughlin had a dominant performance in the quarter, tallying all 12 of her first-half points in the period.
With 4:24 left in the second, the Spartans built a 24-15 lead, but the Sea Gulls cut the advantage to seven points after another two-on-one fast-break opportunity that led to a McLaughlin layup off a bounce-pass assist from McDonagh.
York closed out the second with a 9-4 stretch, taking a 33-21 lead into halftime. Katie Wagner had five points during the run.
The Spartans' offense continued its strong play in the third quarter, starting off the period on a 7-0 spurt, led by three points from Wagner.
York's lead would not fall lower than 15 points during the quarter and took a 49-29 lead into the fourth.
After the Spartans jumped out to a 52-31 lead a minute and a half into the fourth, the Sea Gulls answered with a 12-2 run to cut York's lead to 11 points with 4:18 remaining in regulation. Noonan had four points during the stretch, including a layup from the right side.
Despite the late rally from the Gulls, Salisbury was not able to get the game within single digits, as York held on to win.
McLaughlin had a game-high 24 points to go along with seven rebounds, while Noonan finished with 10 points and five boards.
The Sea Gulls will take on Penn State University-Harrisburg in another road game on Monday, February 1. That game is set for 6 p.m.