ARLINGTON, Va. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team dropped a 72-53 decision to No. 16 Marymount (Va.) University in a Capital Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday night at Verizon Sports Arena in Arlington, Va.
Salisbury (3-14, 3-5 CAC) was led by junior forward Janay Johnson, who fell just short of a double-double with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Katharine Curran tallied her third straight game with double-digit points with an 11 point effort. Sophomore guard Chante McKinney (seven rebounds) and freshman guard Meghan Dunn each had six points.
Salisbury came out of the gates strong and posted a five point lead, 7-2, four minutes into the game. Marymount (13-3, 6-1 CAC) was not fazed and countered the SU push with a 13-2 run of its own as the Saints held a 15-9 lead at the 13:26 mark of the first half. The teams would trade baskets until the Saints used consecutive three-pointers by Amanda Billy (eight points) and Beth Wiggins (five points) to take a 14 point lead, 28-14, with a little over six minutes remaining. The Sea Gull deficit dropped to ten points on a layup by Johnson with nine seconds remaining but Marymount's Terrell White made a jumper at the buzzer to extend the Saint lead to 12 points, 36-24, at halftime. SU was paced by 11 first half points by Johnson.
The two teams would trade baskets to begin the second half. Salisbury dropped the Marymount lead to 11 points, 48-36, nine minutes into the half on a jumper by Johnson. The maroon and gold would not get any closer as the Saints used a 7-0 run three minutes later to claim a 19 point lead and put the game away.
Marymount had three players record double-digit point totals. Kathleen Brown led the Saints with a 19 point, six rebound effort. Meredith Levison (12 points) and Jackie Bohenek (11 points) helped pace the Marymount offense. The Saints had ten players record at least one point.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Saturday, January 24, at 2 p.m. with a Capital Athletic Conference match against Hood College. Salisbury went 2-0 against the Blazers last season.