ARLINGTON, Va.– The Salisbury University women's basketball team went to Marymount (Va.) University for a Capital Athletic Conference game and fell to the Saints, 53-42 on Saturday afternoon.
Salisbury (9-8, 5-5 CAC) got out to a 7-0 advantage after Lauren Rothfeld hit the game's opening bucket as Mary McDonagh drove to the paint before kicking it out to the three-point line where Rothfeld buried the three.
Rothfeld had eight points and 10 boards at game's end, while McDonagh went for a team-high six assists.
After the Saints (14-3, 8-2 CAC) responded to make it 7-2, the Gulls went right back on a 5-0 run before the Saints got their second bucket of the game with just 1:35 left in the quarter. Just five minutes into the game, up 9-2 Salisbury got the better of Marymount by working up four steals and forcing the Saints to turn the ball over five times. In the last minute of play of the first, the home side was able to bring the score to 12-8 at quarter's end.
Marymount came out in the second quarter and continued its run from the end of the first, getting ahead to a 13-12 lead before McDonagh was able to put home an offensive rebound to regain the lead for the Gulls. As the Saints controlled the beginning of the quarter, Salisbury was the better team at the end of the quarter. A Paige Bryce jumper with 29 seconds to go in the half put Salisbury up 25-20 as Bryce went for six points in the final four minutes of the quarter.
Bryce ended the game as the team's leading scorer, going for 14 points as well as gathering seven rebounds, including four off the offensive glass.
At the break, Salisbury had a 24-14 edge in rebounds as the Gulls were able to collect 13 offensive rebounds.
The Saints opened up the third quarter by cutting Salisbury's lead to two points at 29-27 as Bryce got Salisbury's first two baskets of the half. The Saints made it 29-27 with 6:08 to go and also scored the game's next bucket at 3:41 to tie things at 29.
The rest of the quarter would be a back-and-forth affair as the Saints took the lead back at 32-29 before Bryce and McDonagh both scored to make it 33-32, SU. However, a 5-0 run, capped by a three pointer from Abby Fischer with nine seconds to go put the home squad up 37-33 heading into the fourth.
Marymount opened up the fourth on a 7-0 run before a clutch Kelsie Bacon jumper at 6:08 stopped the run and made the score 43-35. The closest the Gulls got the rest of the quarter was seven, which they did on two occasions, but the Saints were able to close out the Gulls down the stretch.
With four points in the fourth quarter, Bacon ended the day with six points in just 18 minutes of play.
Salisbury is back in action on Wednesday, January 25 with a midweek showdown against nationally ranked Christopher Newport University. That game is at CNU at 5:30 p.m.