Women's basketball downs St. Mary's (Md.)

Women's basketball downs St. Mary's (Md.)

Salisbury, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team picked up a key Capital Athletic Conference win over St. Mary's College of Maryland on Wednesday night, defeating the Seahawks 55-44 behind a career-high 16 points from freshman Courtney Brigham.

The game started out as a back-and-forth affair, with the two teams trading baskets in the early going. Kaylyn French and Brigham scored Salisbury's (7-7, 2-5 CAC) first 10 points of the game and 18 of the Sea Gulls' 20 in the first quarter. French finished the game with 12 points and eight rebounds. The duo's offensive dominance gave Salisbury a 20-16 lead over St. Mary's (6-7, 2-5 CAC) after the first quarter.

Both teams struggled shooting from the floor after each shot over 45.0 percent in the opening frame. The Sea Gulls used a more balanced scoring effort in the second quarter, with five different players combining for the team's 11 points in the period. Despite posting a 28.6 percent shooting mark in the second quarter, Salisbury managed to take a 31-23 lead into the break. 

The Sea Gulls kept the Seahawks at arms length in the third quarter thanks to six straight points from Brigham as St. Mary's pulled within as many as four points. Salisbury took a 41-34 lead into the final period.

Paige Bryce, who ended the game with 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists, accounted for nine of Salisbury's first 10 points in the fourth quarter to seal the 55-44 victory.

Salisbury outrebounded St. Mary's 46-37 in the game while forcing five more turnovers. The Sea Gulls shot 34.4 percent from the field compared to St. Mary's 31.9 percent, though the Seahawks connected on three more three-pointers on the night.

Salisbury is back in action on Saturday, January 13 as the team travels to take on the Knights of Southern Virginia University. The Sea Gulls and Knights are scheduled to tip off at 1 p.m.

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