SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 seed Salisbury University women's basketball team opens up the Capital Athletic Conference tournament with a road test against No.3 seed Marymount (Va.) University on Tuesday, February 21. Opening tip is slated for 6 p.m., inside the Verizon Sports Arena in Arlington, Virginia.
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How we got here
Salisbury got into the postseason after going 13-12 in the regular season, with a 9-9 record within the CAC to nab the sixth seed. It was an overtime, 64-55 victory for the Sea Gulls over Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg that secured their spot in the tournament.
How they got here
The Saints finished their regular season with a 21-4 record, which includes a 15-3 mark in the CAC. Following a loss to Frostburg State University on January 25, Marymount has ripped off a seven-game winning streak that includes wins over nationally-ranked teams in Christopher Newport University (No. 8) and the University of Mary Washington (No. 12).
The last time we met
The two sides had a home-and-home series over a 10-day span in the middle of January where the Saints took both games. On January 11 in Salisbury, the Gulls dropped a 62-48 decision, then on the road in Arlington, Salisbury fell 53-42 on January 21. In the latter of the contests, Kaylyn French led the Sea Gulls with a double-double coming off 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Scouting the Saints
The Saints spread the scoring out across the board as they have five players average above 9.0 points per game, three over 10.0 points per game, yet zero above 12.0 points per game. Nicole Viscuso leads the squad with 11.4 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. Leah Hurst leads the Saints and the CAC with 5.1 assists per game and she also puts in 9.4 points per game. Hurst just edges out Salisbury's Mary McDonagh for the conference lead in assists as McDonagh has dished out 4.7 assists per game throughout her junior season.
Top of their glass
The Sea Gulls come into the tournament as the leading rebounding team in the CAC with 45.7 rebounds per game. French and Lauren Rothfeld get the majority of the boards for Salisbury as French sits in fifth in the CAC with 8.1 rebounds per game, and Rothfeld is in seventh with 7.8. In addition to getting the most rebounds in the conference, the Gulls are collecting the second most offensive boards with 16.9 per contest.
The Saints come in on the other end of the spectrum in terms of rebounding. They are second to last in the CAC in offensive boards with 11.0 per game, and sit in last in the conference in total rebounds per game with 40.3.
Rising to the top
Rothfeld has taken the reins during her senior season and has proven herself as perhaps the top player in the conference. In the CAC, Rothfeld ranks first in points (414), points per game (16.6), steals (98), and steals per game (3.9). In addition, Rothfeld sits in the top 10 in minutes per game (2nd, 33.4), total rebounds (4th, 196), defensive rebounds (4th, 131), offensive rebounds (5th, 65), assists (9th, 65), three-point percentage (9th, 32.7), assists per game (10th, 2.6), and field goal percentage (10th, 43.6).
The winner of the Tuesday night matchup will travel to take on CAC No. 2 seeded Mary Washington in the CAC semifinals on Thursday, February 23.