Women’s basketball travels to York for CAC tournament first round

Women’s basketball travels to York for CAC tournament first round

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 5 seed Salisbury University women's basketball team will travel to face the fourth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday, February 23, with the opening tip set for 6 p.m.

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How we got here

The Sea Gulls finished the regular season with a 13-12 overall record and a 9-9 mark in conference play, which landed Salisbury as the fifth seed in a stacked CAC tournament. The Gulls defeated Southern Virginia University, 79-59, on Saturday, February 13, which secured them a spot in the playoffs.

How they got here

The Spartans capped the regular season with a 19-6 record and a 13-5 mark in the CAC. Despite dropping three of its last seven games, York did enough to capture the No. 4 seed, and ended the season on a two-game winning streak, defeating Frostburg State University and Southern Virginia.

The last time we met

Salisbury and York faced off twice this season in CAC play, with the Spartans taking both games. The Sea Gulls took the Spartans to overtime at home on January 6, but fell 80-74, and York came out the victor, 58-47, in their second matchup on January 30. Senior Julia McLaughlin averaged 23 points for the two games.

Scouting York

The Spartans have had a balanced offensive attack all season, with Morgan Kuehne leading the team in scoring with 11 points per game and Sam Hruz right behind her with 10.6 points per contest. Hruz is also fourth in the CAC in rebounds per game with an 8.6 average. As a team, York is fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging 65 points per game, and has the league's fourth-most assists per game with 14.4.

Crashing the boards

Salisbury has been one of the top rebounding teams in the CAC all season long. The Gulls average 43.1 rebounds and over 17 offensive boards per game, which are both second in the conference. Salisbury has notched 13 individual double-doubles with points and rebounds this season, including nine from McLaughlin.

What's next?

The winner of Tuesday night's first-round matchup will travel to take on No. 1 seed Marymount (Va.) University in the CAC semifinals on Thursday, February 25.

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