Sea Gulls use balanced attack to cruise by Blazers

Sea Gulls use balanced attack to cruise by Blazers

FREDERICK, Md. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team notched another win to its season total with a 76-60 victory over Hood College on Saturday afternoon in a Capital Athletic Conference contest in Frederick, Md. 

The Sea Gulls set many season-highs in the victory. The 76 points scored surpassed the previous season-high of 68, which SU set last Wednesday in its 68-45 victory over Gallaudet University. Salisbury also had season-highs in field goals made (31), field goal attempts (68), field goal percentage (45.6 percent), assists (16), three-pointers made (five) and three-pointers attempted (14).

Salisbury (4-14, 4-5 CAC) used a collective team effort to put away the Blazers. The Sea Gulls had five of eight players recorded double-digit point totals and were led by junior forward Janay Johnson (16 points, 11 rebounds), who recorded her third double-double of the season. Freshman guard Katharine Curran (17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists) registered her fourth straight game with double-digit points. Junior Kylie Hall (12 points, eight rebounds) and sophomore guard Chante McKinney (11 points) helped pace the SU offense. McKinney, who tied a season-high in points, was masterful with the ball as she had seven assists and just one turnover. Freshman guard Glen Charlton was the final Sea Gull in double-digits with 10 points.  

Salisbury wasted no time jumping on Hood as the Sea Gulls stole the ball on the opening possession and capped it off with a jumper from Johnson. The game was close early as Hood used a three-pointer by Brianna Raithel to tie the score, 6-6, at the 17:21 mark. Hall tallied a jumper seconds later and the Gulls were able to break out to a lead they would never relinquish. SU marched into halftime with a commanding lead, 42-33. Salisbury shot 17-33 (52 percent) from the field in the first half. The Sea Gulls grabbed 23 rebounds at halftime, 13 of which were offensive.

The Sea Gulls came out of the gates strong in to begin the second half. Curran buried a three-pointer almost five minutes in to highlight a 10-2 run and extend the SU lead to 14 points. The maroon and gold would hold a double-digit advantage for the rest of game and would post a lead of 20 points when freshman guard Meghan Dunn made a jumper with three minutes remaining.

Hood (3-14, 1-7 CAC) had three players score double-digit point totals. The Blazers were led by junior Jennifer Wilson, who collected a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guards Sara Wastler and Jessica Parrish each scored 12 points.

Salisbury will continue its CAC schedule on Wednesday, January 19, at 6 p.m. when the Sea Gulls travel to Fredericksburg, Va., to face No. 19 Unviersity of Mary Washington.

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