SALISBURY, Md. - Head Coach Kelly Lewandowski picked up her 100th career victory with a big Capital Athletic Conference victory over York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon, beating the Spartans 63-55.
Salisbury got out to a 19-16 lead after the first quarter. The Spartans opened the game on a 6-0 run but Ashlyn Smith broke the run, putting in a layup on a possession where the Gulls had three offensive rebounds. The Sea Gulls mitigated the early run by York quickly as a Morgan Grubb jumper off a Mary McDonagh dish tied the game at 10, while Lauren Rothfeld went down the next possession to score. The run got to 7-0 with a McDonagh three-pointer at 3:02. The Spartans hit a pair of free throws with two minutes to go but Salisbury got layups from Rothfeld and Josephine Noonan to end the scoring in the first.
Rothfeld ended as the game's leading scorer (18 points) and had the most rebounds (12 boards) and added four steals, while Grubb ended with nine points off the bench.
In the second quarter, the visitors were able to outscore the home side 13-11, but the Gulls did not let York string together any big runs as the biggest run the Spartans got in the quarter was a 5-0 stretch to end the half. The quarter was back-and-forth affair as Salisbury also could not piece together runs, with a 4-0 spurt being its best.
Ahead 30-29 at the half, Salisbury had a significant advantage on the glass, grabbing 25 boards, while the Spartans had 16.
York started the third with a three-pointer just 14 seconds in to get a 32-30 lead, but the Gulls stormed back to regain the lead in grand fashion, going on a 10-0 run to make the score 40-32. The last bucket of the stretch came with a Kaylyn French layup, putting it in after grabbing an offensive rebound. In the 10-0 run, Paige Bryce had four of the points as she went for six points in the third. Both teams went on to put up seven points the remainder of the quarter to bring the score to 47-39 going into the fourth.
Bryce ended the contest with 12 points and five rebounds, while French added seven points and six boards.
In the last quarter, York started working away at Salisbury's lead and a Sam Hruz free throw at 2:22 brought York back within three points, 56-53. From that point the rest of the scoring would all come at the charity stripe but Salisbury went for seven points in that span while the Spartans got just two more to bring the final score to 63-55.
The Gulls return to action and Maggs Physical Activities Center with a midweek CAC game against Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg on Wednesday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m.