DOVER, Del. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team traveled up route 13 for a Capital Athletic Conference contest against Wesley College on Wednesday night and tamed the Wolverines with a 60-50 victory.
After the Wolverines (7-13, 3-10 CAC) started the scoring with a single free throw, Salisbury (10-10, 6-7 CAC) answered with a 9-0 run over the next three minutes. Kaylyn French got the Gulls started with a three-point play to make her impact felt in her first game back after missing several games due to injury.
French ended the game with 13 points and nine boards in her return to the lineup.
Down 9-1, the Wolverines went on a 13-1 run to get ahead 14-10 before Lauren Rothfeld buried a jumper off a Josephine Noonan dish with 2:35 to go in the opening quarter. A Morgan Grubb three-pointer with 51 seconds to go capped off an 8-0 run to end the quarter that was started by Rothfeld's jumper.
Just as Grubb ended the scoring in the first with the three, nine seconds into the second quarter she hit from deep again to get the Gulls' lead up to seven. The closest the Wolverines got all quarter was five points after Paige Hailstock hit a jumper at 4:20 to make the score 25-20, but as was the case all first half, Rothfeld was able to respond. As the half was winding down, Kelsie Bacon knocked down a three to put Salisbury up 36-26 at the break.
Rothfeld ended the first half with 14 points and seven rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting and finished the game a double-double via 21 points and 12 boards, while Bacon had a career-high 13 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Grubb had a solid game as well, leading the bench production with eight points and five rebounds.
In the third, Salisbury got the lead as high as 18 with 5:52 to play but from there Wesley was able to chip away at the Sea Gull advantage and get within 13 at the 1:15 mark to end the scoring in the quarter with Salisbury ahead 51-38.
The Wolverines opened the scoring in the last quarter with a three-pointer 19 seconds in to cut the lead to 10 and neither team would score again until the 7:25 mark as Ashlyn Smith knocked down a free throw. After the three minute break in scoring, Wesley went right down and scored after Smith's free throw to make the score 52-43 and bring the lead to nine, but Salisbury went on to score during its next two possessions to make the score 56-43 at 6:17. Salisbury was able to hold Wesley off down the stretch and close out the CAC contest with a 60-50 victory.
Salisbury had the edge in shooting percentage (42.1- 27.9), rebounds (47-35), and points in the paint (18-12).
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, February 4 with a 2 p.m., contest against York College of Pennsylvania at the Maggs Physical Activities Center.