Women's basketball takes on Mary Washington in first round of CAC tournament

Women's basketball takes on Mary Washington in first round of CAC tournament

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The No. 5 seed Salisbury University women's basketball team opens up the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on the road against No. 4 seed University of Mary Washington on Tuesday, February 20 at 6 p.m.

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How we got here

Salisbury went 15-10 overall and 10-8 in CAC action to earn the fifth seed. The Sea Gulls ended the season by winning their final three games and nine of their last 12. The maroon and gold finished two games ahead of No. 6 seed Frostburg State University.

How they got here

The Eagles finished the regular season with a 13-12 overall record while going 12-6 in conference play to earn the fourth seed. Mary Washington lost its final two games to finish a game back of York College of Pennsylvania for the No. 3 seed.

Series history

Mary Washington holds a slight 37-32 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams, dating back to 1983. The Eagles are 20-13 against the Sea Gulls on their home court. The two teams last met in the CAC playoffs in 2015, when Salisbury claimed a 74-68 victory in a double-overtime thriller to win the conference championship.

Last time we met

The Sea Gulls took the second game between the two teams on January 27, cruising to a 65-49 victory at home after a strong second half. Kaylyn French led Salisbury in scoring with 16 points. Mary Washington won the first meeting on December 9 in a closely contested game in Fredericksburg, 52-49.

Scouting the Eagles

Mary Washington comes in as the best three-point shooting team in the conference at 32.9 percent. Kendall Parker, the team's leading scorer at 10.2 points per game, ranks fourth in the CAC in three-point percentage at 38.0 percent. Parker is the only player on the team to average double figures in points, though the Eagles have five different players who average at least six points per game.

Getting it done defensively

Salisbury boasts one of the best defenses in the conference, allowing just 53.4 points per game, which ranks second behind Marymount (Va.) University. The Sea Gulls are allowing opponents to shoot just 34.0 percent from the field, which is tops in the CAC. French ranks near the top of the conference in several categories, including fourth with 1.0 block per game, fifth with 7.7 rebounds per game, and sixth with 2.6 steals per game.

Up next

The winner of the Tuesday night game will travel to take on No. 1 seed Marymount in the CAC semifinals on Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m.

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