Sea Gulls drop road game to Knights

Sea Gulls drop road game to Knights

BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team continued its two-game road trip against Capital Athletic Conference opponent Southern Virginia University of Saturday afternoon, but fell to the Knights, 66-50.

Southern Virginia (13-1, 4-0 CAC) scored the first basket of the game just 23 seconds in on a Bryndie Ballam Layup, but each team struggled to get much going offensively in the early going. Salisbury (10-4, 3-1 CAC) got on the board a little over two minutes later on a Megan Konig jump shot to make it 2-2. The Knights scored the next couple of field goals to go up 6-2, but the Sea Gulls battled back and took their first lead of the game on a Kylie Webb layup with three minutes remaining in the quarter to take an 8-6 lead. Katie Garrish scored the final five points of the quarter to give Southern Virginia an 11-8 advantage.

Webb scored the first three points of the second quarter to tie the game at 11-11, but a 6-1 run by the Knights pushed the home team back on top 17-12 with five minutes remaining in the half. Momentum shifted once again in the closing minutes as Salisbury went on a 6-0 run that was capped by a Webb three-pointer for an 18-17 Salisbury lead, but two Garrish free throws in the final minute of play gave Southern Virginia the one-point halftime lead.

The Knights kicked off the third quarter with a 7-1 run over the first three minutes to push their lead to 26-19. The Sea Gulls cut the deficit to as little as three with five minutes remaining on a pair of Courtney Brigham free throws, but the visitors struggled to contain the Knights' offense as they broke open a 39-30 lead on a 10-4 run to close the quarter.

Southern Virginia continued to extend the lead in the fourth quarter with another 9-4 run over the opening two minutes to make it 48-34. Salisbury was unable to cut into the deficit the rest of the way.

Webb led the way for the Sea Gulls with 12 points, while Amber Onyekwere scored 11 points and Brigham added another 10. Onyekwere had a team-high three assists and six rebounds while also recording an impressive eight steals.

Salisbury returns home on Wednesday, January 16 when it hosts CAC opponent York College of Pennsylvania. Opening tip is set for 5:30 p.m.