Career days from McDonagh, Noonan lead Salisbury past Frostburg State, 69-60

Career days from McDonagh, Noonan lead Salisbury past Frostburg State, 69-60

FROSTBURG, Md. – Sophomores Mary McDonagh and Josephine Noonan both posted career single-game highs to lead the Salisbury University women's basketball team to a 69-60 win over Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference play.

McDonagh finished with a career-high 21 points, leading all scorers on the day and shooting 6-for-6 from long range. Noonan posted the first double-double of her career, while setting career-highs in points (19) and rebounds (12) on the afternoon.   

Frostburg State started off the game strong, scoring seven-straight points led by a three-pointer from Megan Kelly to go up 7-0 early.

Salisbury answered back with a three-ball from McDonagh and a jumper from junior Lauren Rothfeld to put the score at 7-5, but the Gulls would not take its first lead until just over one minute left in the first quarter. SU trailed 17-16 until a three by McDonagh from the middle put the Sea Gulls up for the first time, 19-17.

Early in the second quarter, Salisbury held a 21-20 lead, but the floodgates would open for the Gulls during the final eight minutes before halftime. Salisbury, led by a trio of three-pointers from McDonagh, went on a 17-5 run to end the quarter and give SU a 38-25 lead. Rothfeld was all over the court for the Sea Gulls during the spurt, tallying four points, three assists, two rebounds, two blocks, and two steals during the stretch, including a steal that led to a breakaway layup to put the score at 35-22.

Salisbury had another big run to start the third quarter, using 10 unanswered points to put the score at 48-27 after Frostburg scored the opening basket of the period. Two layups by freshman Kaylyn French led the Gulls during the run. A layup and two free throws Noonan capped the scoring for Salisbury in the quarter, as it took a 52-35 advantage into the fourth.

Noonan continued where she left off in the third quarter, tallying nine points in the fourth, including the first three points of the period.

Despite the strong start for the Sea Gulls in the fourth, the Bobcats did not give in, and made a late push to stay in the game.

A layup from Noonan gave Salisbury a 20-point lead at 59-39, but a 9-2 run from Frostburg cut the lead to 13 with less than four minutes to go in the contest.

The Sea Gulls recovered by extending its lead to 15 points at 68-53 with just over a minute left in the fourth, led by Noonan and Rothfeld, which looked to put the game out of reach. The Bobcats cut the Gulls' lead to 68-60 with 22 seconds left, but would get no closer.

Rothfeld finished the game with nine points, seven rebounds, six assists, four blocks, and two steals, while French tallied eight points and four rebounds. Sophomore Paige Bryce played well on the boards for the Gulls, notching eight rebounds on the afternoon.

Salisbury will be back at home on Wednesday, December 9, for its last home game before Winter break when the team hosts Penn State University-Harrisburg in a CAC matchup. That game is set for 5:30 p.m.

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