Gulls dominate throughout, take down Southern Virginia 79-48 in CAC play

Gulls dominate throughout, take down Southern Virginia 79-48 in CAC play

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team got back into Capital Athletic Conference action with a 79-48 victory at Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon.

Salisbury (7-1, 3-0 CAC) got out of the gates fast as it caused havoc all over the court and pushed its transition opportunities.

Salisbury got out to a 9-0 lead with all nine opening points coming off Knight (2-7, 0-4 CAC) turnovers as the Gulls forced five turnovers in the opening minutes.

Like last contest, Josephine Noonan got things going early as she had already scored five points in the opening four minutes.

Noonan had a good day all around with a stat line of 11 points and nine rebounds at the end of the day.

Southern Virginia got their first bucket at the 6:39 mark, but Salisbury did not break stride.

Once the opening 9-0 run was put to an end, Salisbury answered with another 9-0 stretch before Southern Virginia answered to make things 18-4 with three minutes to play in the opening quarter.

To close out the quarter, the Knights found a bit of momentum as each team scored five more points to head into the second quarter with Salisbury up, 23-9.

Mary McDonagh had a huge opening quarter, knocking down nine points to go along with two assists. She would end the day with 11 points and eight assists.

In the second quarter, the Knights slowed down the Gulls from their first-half pace as each team had scored nine points to bring the score to 32-18 with four minutes to go in the half.

However most of the scoring happened in the closing minutes of the half as the Knights went for 11, while Salisbury had 10 more to close out the half with Salisbury up, 42-29. It would stand as the only quarter where SVU outscored Salisbury.

In the opening half, Salisbury's starters filled up the stat sheet as McDonagh, Noonan, Lauren Rothfeld, and Morgan Grubb each had at least eight points.

Rothheld had another big scoring day, putting up 19 points to lead the game as well as six steals, five rebounds, and three assists.

The Knights hit the first basket of the third quarter but a combination of defensive pressure and good rebounding helped Rothfeld hit for six points in a row. As the Knights responded from Rothfeld's run with a bucket of their own, it was Grubb's turn to go on a run.

Grubb went for five points in a row with a three and an easy layup in transition. Kaylyn French then tacked on another baske to bring it to a 7-0 run and have Salisbury up 22 at 55-33 with six minutes to go in the quarter.

The Gulls outscored the home side 12-9 the rest of the quarter to be up 26 going into the fourth at 67-41.

At half time Grubb had eight points but went for 10 in the third quarter alone to get her total up to 18, a career high. On the day, she ended with the 18 points as she was 50 percent from three-point range (2-for-4) and added five rebounds.

In the fourth quarter Salisbury's starters made way for some of the reserves who were able to outscore the Knights, 12-7 to close out the contest.

Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, December 17 with a home contest against No. 11 Christopher Newport University. That game is set to tip at 2 p.m.

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