NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team took to the road to square off against Capital Athletic Conference opponent Christopher Newport University on Wednesday evening, but it was the Captains who came out on top, defeating the Sea Gulls, 80-58.
Salisbury (12-6, 4-3 CAC) opened the game strong in the first quarter, staying toe-to-toe with a strong Christopher Newport offense (14-4, 5-2 CAC). Kaylee Otlowski led the charge for the Sea Gulls, scoring 10 points, and Megan Konig added a pair a jumpers to keep the score tight, 18-16 in favor of the Captains after 10 minutes.
The Captains converted a three-point attempt to open the second quarter, but baskets by Konig and Kylie Webb held the Salisbury deficit to 21-20 with six minutes to play. Christopher Newport found its stride in the final minutes of the half, however, as a 14-2 Captain run closed out the half to leave Salisbury trailing, 35-22.
The maroon and gold scored the first three points of the third quarter to get back to 35-25 down, but a quick 14-6 Captains' run opened the game up at 49-31 with six minutes remaining in the quarter. The scoring didn't stop, as both teams combined for 52 points in the frame and the Sea Gulls found themselves down 67-45 entering the fourth quarter.
Salisbury outscored its opponent 16-13 in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough, and the Captains held on to win.
Otlowski captured team-highs with 16 points and six rebounds in the game and Webb added another 10 points. Konig led all Sea Gulls with four assists.
The team returns home on Saturday, January 26 to host CAC opponent St. Mary's College of Maryland. Opening tip is set for 2 p.m.