Career day for McDonagh leads Gulls to 67-52 victory at Gwynedd Mercy Tip-Off Tournament

Career day for McDonagh leads Gulls to 67-52 victory at Gwynedd Mercy Tip-Off Tournament

GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team played in the consolation game of the Gwynedd Mercy Tip-Off Tournament on the campus of Gwynedd Mercy University on Saturday afternoon. Three different Sea Gull players reached double digits in scoring en route to a 67-52 victory over the host institution.

Like the first round matchup of the tournament, Lauren Rothfeld opened the scoring in the game with a three pointer to give the Gulls an early lead. Additional three pointers from Morgan Grubb and Mary McDonagh led the charge as the Gulls got out to a quick 12-4 lead.

Rothfeld was once again the team's leading scorer, posting 16 points. The senior also came two rebounds shy of a double-double with eight, while also adding two assists and four steals.

For her efforts over the weekend tournament, Rothfeld was named to the All-Tournament team.

The Griffins responded right away however and went on a 9-0 run. Eventually tying things up, 17-17, at the end of the opening quarter.

In the first quarter alone, McDonagh accounted for three assists. At game's end the junior guard ended with a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists. McDonagh also came two rebounds short of a triple-double to round out her impressive showing.

The second quarter featured the same exciting back-and-forth contest as the first as both teams traded baskets till the end of the half. A McDonagh jumper with 43 seconds left in the half put Salisbury up 28-27 heading into the locker room.

At the break, Salisbury held a 25-19 advantage in rebounds, including eight offensive boards.

In the third quarter the Gulls broke the game open as they were able to push the transition game to their liking. Salisbury outscored Gwynedd Mercy 26-5 in the quarter to open up a 54-32 lead.

The Gulls were able to close out the Griffins to hold on for the victory in the last quarter.

With 5:23 left in the quarter Josephine Noonan converted a layup off a McDonagh feed to give McDonagh the double-double via points and assists.

On the day Noonan had a great showing down low, posting 14 points and grabbing eight boards.

As the starters gave way for the reserves down the stretch, Salisbury was able to close it out despite being outscored 20-13 in the final quarter.

Overall Salisbury held the edge in rebounds (49-34), assists (24-14), and field goal percentage (36.8 - 26.7) as a part of a solid all around performance by the Sea Gulls.

Salisbury will next play on Tuesday, November 22 when Stevenson University visits for a 7 p.m. tip off.

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