Seniors shine as Gulls beat Southern Virginia on senior day, 74-45

Seniors shine as Gulls beat Southern Virginia on senior day, 74-45

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team hosted Southern Virginia University in Capital Athletic conference play as a team's senior day and annual Play4Kay game a took down the Knights, 74-45.

The team's two seniors, Lauren Rothfeld and Kelsie Bacon, were recognized for their years of service prior to the game, while the team had a raffle with all proceeded going directly to the Play4Kay foundation.

The Gulls (12-10, 8-7 CAC) got out to an 18-8 advantage, just five minutes in as the team's two seniors accounted for 11 of the opening 18 points with Bacon scoring seven and Rothfeld tallying four. Salisbury dominated the rest of the quarter as well as the Knights (3-19, 0-15 CAC) did not get a field goal in the last 6:43 of the quarter and Salisbury stretched its lead to 28-12.

Rothfeld ended her last regular-season home game with 18 points, six rebounds, and a career-high eight steals, while Bacon went for 12 points and nine rebounds during her senior day.

Bacon ended the quarter with nine points to lead the game, while six Gulls hit from the field to the tune of a 61.9 percent mark from the floor.

The story in the second quarter was much the same as the Knights' field goal drought ran all the way to the 7:06 mark of the quarter while Salisbury had ran the lead up to 35-15 at that point. A Paige Bryce jumper from the elbow as time was expiring on the shot clock at 4:13 brought the score to 39-15 and made it so that team already had three players in double digits in Rothfeld and Bacon with 11 and Bryce with 10.

Bryce ended the game with 12 points and two steals.

Salisbury closed out the quarter after Bryce's bucket on an 8-5 run to make the score 47-20.

In the third, a Morgan Grubb free throw at 6:27 got the Gulls to 50 points, while the Knights sat at 28 points. Starting the quarter up by 25, the closest Southern Virginia got in the period was 21 with a Shelby Miller lay in at 5:51 to make the score 51-30, but the Gulls did not let the Knights gain any momentum. At the end of the quarter, Salisbury led, 61-35.

The fourth quarter saw Salisbury maintain the lead and allow numerous players time in the game. With the lead, Head Coach Kelly Lewandowski got the opportunity to sub out her seniors to a standing ovation inside the Maggs Physical Activities Center.

Mary McDonagh had a strong game from the point as the junior racked up eight assists in the win.

Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, February 15 with a 6 p.m., tip at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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