SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team capped off its regular season with a resounding 76-46 victory against Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon. The win is the Sea Gulls' 10th-straight win against the Bobcats.
Prior to the start of the game, the team's two seniors – forward Julia McLaughlin and guard Theano Alvanos – were recognized for their stellar Sea Gull careers. The two seniors combined for 25 points in the contest.
Saturday also marked the women's basketball team's annual "Play 4 Kay" game, a special event played across the country and NCAA to increase breast cancer awareness and honor the memory of legendary North Carolina State University former head women's basketball coach Kay Yow.
McLaughlin and sophomore point guard Mary McDonagh led the Gulls in the first half, with McLaughlin pulling down 10 rebounds and McDonagh netting nine points. McDonagh scored two layups in an opening 10-2 run that lasted almost seven minutes into the first quarter to give the Gulls the initial lead.
At the start of the second, Frostburg cut the lead to 10-8, but three-straight jumpers from McLaughlin started the Salisbury offense again to get the lead to 16-13. The Gulls continued to hold the lead with layups from McDonagh and freshman Kaylyn French, before McDonagh drained a three just before the half.
Balanced scoring and a sound defense allowed Salisbury to take a 29-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Sea Gulls (13-12, 9-9 CAC) came out swinging in the second half, outscoring the Bobcats (3-22, 0-18 CAC) 14-4 in the opening minutes, to increase their cushion to 21. McLaughlin tallied eight points in the run to lead the way.
With just over four minutes to go in the third quarter, Alvanos hit a three-pointer to keep Salisbury's lead, as the Gulls took a 60-33 advantage into the final quarter. With 31 points in the third quarter, the Sea Gulls tied their highest point total in a quarter this season, after scoring 31 against Southern Virginia University on January 16.
McLaughlin added four more points in the fourth, as the Gulls took the win.
McLaughlin registered a double-double, pulling down 17 rebounds and scoring 18 points. McDonagh netted 11 points, and sophomore forward Josephine Noonan scored 10. In all, 12 Sea Gulls scored in the victory. The team also went a perfect 12-for-12 from the free-throw line.
With the win, the Sea Gulls now direct their attention to the CAC tournament. Salisbury, the No. 5 seed in the tournament, is set to square off against No. 4 York College of Pennsylvania in a first-round clash on Tuesday, February 23 in York, Pennsylvania at 6 p.m.