SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team used a balance of strong interior play and outside shooting to speed past Wesley College, 76-64, on Wednesday evening in Capital Athletic Conference play.
The Sea Gulls began the contest on a 6-2 spurt during the opening three and a half minutes, led by senior Julia McLaughlin, who scored all six points during the span.
The Wolverines answered with a 6-2 run of their own, featuring four points from Alexis Stroud, to tie the game at 8-8 with 5:01 left in the first.
After each team traded threes, including a long ball from sophomore Mary McDonagh, Salisbury used a 7-1 run to build an 18-12 lead with 40 seconds left in the opening period. McLaughlin scored three during the stretch.
Wesley buried a three at the end of the first, but McDonagh opened the scoring in the second quarter with a layup to give Salisbury a 20-15 advantage. The Wolverines went on a 5-2 run to cut the Sea Gulls' lead to 22-20 three minutes into the second.
The Salisbury offense answered with a 14-2 run that lasted four minutes to put the Gulls up 36-22 with 3:09 before halftime. Sophomore Josephine Noonan notched six points during the stretch, including two and-one layups.
After a three-pointer from Stroud that put Wesley within 11, Salisbury used a 4-1 spurt, including a layup from sophomore Paige Bryce, to put the Gulls up 40-26.
The Wolverines ended the first half on a 6-2 run, but the Sea Gulls took a 10-point advantage into the break.
Salisbury controlled the game in the third, holding at least a nine-point advantage for the entire quarter. Each team traded baskets for the first five minutes of the period before the Gulls used a 6-2 stretch, which included a layup from freshman Kaylyn French, to go up 52-37 with 2:28 left in the third.
The Sea Gulls stretched out their lead even more in the fourth, starting the period on an 11-2 run to build a 68-46 advantage less than three minutes into the quarter. Sophomore Dee Terry led Salisbury during the run, scoring five points, including a three from the right wing.
Wesley went on a 6-0 run midway through the fourth, but Salisbury would not relinquish at least a 12-point lead for the rest of the contest.
McLaughlin recorded her seventh double-double of the season, tallying 22 points and 10 rebounds, and McDonagh tied her career high in points with 21, while notching a game-high seven assists.
The Gulls were strong in the paint all game long, totaling 24 offensive rebounds and 10 blocks.
Salisbury now looks to travel to Buena Vista, Virginia for a CAC matchup against Southern Virginia University on Saturday, February 13. That game is set for 1 p.m.