HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team fell to Penn State University-Harrisburg, 53-41, on Monday night in Capital Athletic Conference play.
Sophomore Morgan Grubb opened the scoring in the game with a layup to give Salisbury a 2-0 advantage 20 seconds in; Grubb would tally a career-high 12 points in the contest to lead the Gulls.
After Grubb's basket, Penn State-Harrisburg (8-11, 4-8 CAC) scored six-straight points to go up 6-2 halfway through the first quarter.
Salisbury (10-9, 6-6 CAC) rallied back to tie the game at 6-6 after two free throws from senior Julia McLaughlin and another layup from Grubb, but the Lions would use an 11-4 run to take a 17-10 advantage heading into the second quarter. Kiara Carter tallied four points during the spurt.
Freshman Chrissy Ribaudo found the bottom of the net on a jump shot to start the scoring in the second before Penn State-Harrisburg jumped out to a 22-14 lead at 6:32.
Sophomore Mary McDonagh hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 22-17, but Rachel Miller answered back with a three of her own to put the Lions' advantage back at eight points.
McDonagh answered back with another long ball, which triggered a 5-2 run for the Gulls, making the score 27-22 at halftime.
Both teams had trouble finding the bottom of the net in the third quarter, as each team tallied eight points in the period.
Penn State-Harrisburg started the quarter on a 7-2 run, building its largest lead of the evening with a 10-point advantage.
Salisbury responded with a 6-1 stretch to close out the quarter, led by four points from Grubb, to get the game back within five points, 35-30.
For the first three minutes of action in the fourth quarter, the Lions were able to maintain at least a five-point lead, but with 6:10 remaining in the period, a jumper from junior Kelsie Bacon put the score at 39-36.
After a made free throw by Carter, freshman Kaylyn French put in a layup with just over three minutes to go that got the game within two points, the closest the contest had been since the first quarter.
But a strong performance from the Lions during the last three minutes proved to be the difference, as Penn State-Harrisburg closed out the game on a 13-3 run.
McDonagh finished with nine points in the game, while Bacon matched the career-high she set against Southern Virginia University on January 16, with six points.
Salisbury will be back at home on Wednesday evening when it hosts Christopher Newport University in another CAC matchup. That game is set for 5:30 p.m.