Johnson hits game-winner with four seconds left to lift Salisbury over Stevenson

Johnson hits game-winner with four seconds left to lift Salisbury over Stevenson

SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team edged out visiting Stevenson University 56-52 in a Capital Athletic Conference game on Monday evening at the Maggs Center.

Junior forward Janay Johnson led the way for the Sea Gulls (3-13, 3-4 CAC) as she scored the go ahead jumper in the paint with four seconds left in the game to give the maroon and gold a 54-52 lead. Johnson was fouled on the play and went to the free-throw line. She wasn't able to convert the three-point play but teammate Kylie Hall (11 rebounds) grabbed the rebound and found an open Glen Charlton (nine points, two steals) under the basket for the easy lay-up as time expired.

Johnson earned her second double-double of the season as she scored a game-high 20 points and a season-high 14 rebounds. Freshman Katharine Curran (15 points, eight rebounds) continued her recent scoring streak as she reached double figures in points for the second time in three days. Curran played all 40 minutes in the victory.

Salisbury trailed Stevenson, 23-19, with four minutes left in the first half but used a 10-0 spurt to give the Sea Gulls a 29-23 lead at the half.

In the first half, the Gulls outrebounded the Mustangs 19-8 and shot a blistering 87.5 percent from the free-throw line. The two teams shot a respectable 45.8 percent (11-for-24) from the field.

Stevenson (3-12, 1-5 CAC) regained the lead in the second half but allowed the Gulls to tie the game at 42 on a three-pointer by Curran with 8:32 left. The two teams played close the final eight minutes of play before Johnson gave SU the lead for good in the final seconds.

Salisbury has won the last three contests against Stevenson dating back to last season.

The Mustangs were led by senior guard Tara Galvin as she collected a team-high 19 points. Freshman Joy Bettis finished in double-digits with 10 points and senior forward Ashley Burrell had a team-high eight rebounds in the loss.

The Sea Gulls will hit the road for three consecutive CAC games. The trip begins Wednesday, January 21, at 6 p.m. in Arlington, Va., against No. 18 Marymount (Va.) University.

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