SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team gave No. 21 Marymount (Va.) University all it could handle on Wednesday night at the Maggs Center as the Sea Gulls battled with the Saints in a key Capital Athletic Conference game. The Sea Gulls held an eight-point halftime advantage, 33-25, and continued to hold a lead over the Saints eight minutes into the second half. Marymount (Va.) closed out the final 12 minutes of the game on a 29-10 run to win 65-49 on Coaches vs. Cancer night.
Salisbury (8-16, 8-7 CAC) was led by the impressive play of freshmen guards Meghan Dunn (five rebounds) and Glen Charlton (five rebounds, three steals) who both tallied 14 points. Junior forward Kylie Hall (seven rebounds) netted nine points and dished out a team-high four assists. Junior forward Janay Johnson added a team-high eight rebounds and six points.
The Sea Gulls were outstanding to start the game as Hall tallied a jumper and foul shot to give SU a quick 3-0 lead. After a Saint free-throw, Salisbury would tally the games' next four points as SU led 7-1 at the 15:35 mark. SU would continue to hold its lead for a majority of the first half but a layup by Kathleen Brown (20 points, 12 rebounds) capped a 5-0 Marymount run to drop the Salisbury lead to just one point, 19-18, with a just under six minutes to go in the half. The Sea Gulls were not phased as Dunn scored eight points in the final four minutes to cap a 10-4 run to end the half. Salisbury was aided by a 9-for-29 shooting effort (31 percent) from Marymount in the first half.
After the first two minutes of play in the second half, Salisbury still held an eight-point lead, 35-27. Marymount came on strong and tallied the next seven points of the game to drop Salisbury's deficit to just one. SU would respond with a jumper by Charlton but Marymount would come down the court and use a lay-up by Terrell White (11 points, five assists) to drop the lead to one again. A minute later, Dunn drilled a jumper at the 14:42 mark as SU led 39-36. Salisbury squandered its lead as Marymount used a 10-0 run to take a seven-point lead, 46-39, with just over 10 minutes left. SU did not get within five points the rest of the way as the Saints would cruise to their 20th victory of the season. Marymount (20-4, 13-2 CAC) outscored Salisbury 40-16 in the second half.
Marymount was propelled by the efforts of Brown who registered game-highs in both points (20) and rebounds (12). Kathryn Wilson poured in 14 points while teammate Beth Wiggins added nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. The Saints had eight blocks in the game as Brown and Wiggins both collected four apiece.
Salisbury will finish out its regular season at home as the Sea Gulls host its "Pink Zone" game on Saturday, February 21, as the Sea Gulls host Hood College at 2 p.m. The first 100 fans will receive free Pink Zone t-shirts. SU is encouraging fans to wear something pink to show their support for breast cancer awareness. More information can be found here: http://www.suseagulls.com/news/2008-09/coachesvcancerpinkzone