SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury's women's basketball team dropped its home opener to No. 18 The College of New Jersey by a 70-52 margin on Saturday afternoon at the Maggs Center.
The Sea Gulls (0-4) put up a fight as they only trailed by five points at the half, 35-30, thanks to some strong shooting from the field (45.2 percent). Freshman guard Katharine Curran was a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range in the first half. She finished the game with six points, four rebounds and three assists.
Junior forward Janay Johnson scored the game's first two buckets in the second half to pull the Sea Gulls to within one, 35-34, with 18:49 left in the game. Johnson ended the game with a team-high 15 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Fellow junior Kylie Hall reached double figures with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds to go with three assists and two steals for the forward. Freshman guard Glen Charlton added 12 points and had two assists, two rebounds and two steals in the loss. SU freshman guard Sherrita Hall (three points) had a team-high four assists and two steals while freshman Meghan Dunn was the other Sea Gull to score with six points, two rebounds and two steals.
The Sea Gulls were unable to connect from the field as often in the second half which allowed the Lions (3-1) to increase their lead. Salisbury came as close as 10 points, 59-49, with 8:25 left in the game but the Lion duo down low was too much for the Gulls to handle.
TCNJ center Alexandra Gregorek scored a game-high 22 points while forward Kelsey Kutch added 21 points and eight rebounds. TCNJ leading scorer Hillary Klimowicz (19 points, 10 rebounds per game averages) did not play in the game. Lion guard Alyssa Michella was the other TCNJ player to reach double digits with 12 points.
The maroon and gold will next host Eastern Shore rival Washington (Md.) College on Tuesday, November 25, at 6 p.m.