ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team traveled to Elizabethtown College on Friday night and walked away with the win, defeating the Blue Jays, 61-52.
Salisbury (6-2) struggled in the early going, converting one field goal on seven tries over the first eight minutes which also included six Sea Gull turnovers. Elizabethtown (4-4) struggled as well offensively but managed to pull out to an early 10-2 lead. The Sea Gulls were able to cut the deficit to 13-7 with a pair of layups by Kaylyn French and Jada Welbon in the closing seconds of the opening frame.
Things began to trend in the right direction for the maroon and gold as it opened the second quarter with a 10-5 run over the first five minutes. Dalina Julien led the way with six points, including a three-point play on a layup and foul shot. Salisbury kept its foot on the gas over the final five minutes, outscoring Elizabethtown 13-8 to take a 30-23 lead into halftime.
The Blue Jays stole back the momentum to open the third quarter with a 12-6 run over the first four minutes to cut the Sea Gull lead to 36-35 on a Lydia Lawson three-pointer. The teams traded baskets over the final six minutes of the quarter, which ended with a 45-45 tie.
The game remained neck and neck for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, but a layup by French with 6:31 to go sparked a 12-3 Salisbury run that closed out the game and gave the Sea Gulls a 61-52 victory.
French recorded her first double-double of the season by leading the team with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Kaylee Otlowski contributed with 16 points and eight rebounds of her own, while Julien led all Sea Gulls with four assists to go along with 14 points.
The team returns to action on Sunday, December 9 when it travels to take on Wesley College. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.