DOVER, Del. - The fifth-seed Salisbury University women's basketball team fell to fourth-seed Wesley College, 71-50, in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament quarterfinal round on Tuesday evening at Wentworth Gym. Salisbury concludes its season with a 9-17 record while the Wolverines (15-11) advance to Thursday's semifinal round and a match up against top-seed seed York (Pa.) College, who is also ranked No. 5 in the nation.
Salisbury was paced by junior forward Kylie Hall who registered her ninth double-double of the season with an 18-point, 12-rebound performance. Eight of Hall's 12 rebounds came on the offensive end of the court. Junior forward Janay Johnson and freshman guard Katharine Curran each scored 12 points while Curran passed out three assists.
Salisbury was able to jump out to an early lead after a jumper from Hall followed by some free-throws and a jumper from freshman guard Glen Charlton. Wesley found its rhythm as the Wolverines went on a 12-0 run over the next four minutes. The Wolverines would continue to increase their lead the rest of the half. The lead grew to 17 before Salisbury went on a six-point run of its own to close the half down 42-31.
In the second half, Wesley kept a comfortable lead over Salisbury. The Wolverines shot 58 percent from the field for the game and drained eight three-pointers. The Gulls struggled to find their shooting touch as they shot 32.8 percent from the field. The Wolverines led by as many as 26 points in the second half. Salisbury outrebounded Wesley 38-33 in the game.
Wesley was led by sophomore guard Cory Boyd who scored a game-high 20 points and made six assists. Sophomore forward Angie Owens recorded a double-double as she finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Michele Mules was the final Wolverine in double-digits as she scored 13 points.
The future looks bright for the Sea Gulls as they have no seniors on this year's team and are slated to return all eight letterwinners from this year's squad in 2009-10. Salisbury won eight of its final 12 games to close out the 2008-09 season.