OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team traveled to the campus of Stevenson University for a matchup with the Mustangs on Tuesday night. The Sea Gulls defeated Stevenson by the final score of 65-38.
The maroon and gold opened the scoring by taking an early 4-2 lead in the first quarter. Rachel Ryan turned defense into offense after forcing a steal and finishing on the offensive end for the early lead. Amber Onyekwere gave the Gulls the lead again minutes later, finishing a pass from Mary McDonagh.
Dalina Julien pushed the Salisbury lead to 8-2 with just over five minutes left in the opening quarter. However, A Stevenson three-pointer cut the Sea Gulls' advantage to just three, but Paige Bryce answered right back with a layup of her own and her first points of the contest to bring the score line to 10-5. At the end of the first quarter the Gulls held a slim 14-9 lead.
Stevenson cut the Salisbury lead to just four twice in the opening three and a half minutes of the second, but each time the maroon and gold responded with a basket of its own. Megan Konig tied the Gulls' largest lead of the game with her second basket of the game, pushing the advantage to 20-13.
McDonagh blew the game wide open, knocking down the team's three three-pointers in the quarter and building the Salisbury advantage to its largest of the contest at 31-16. Three points by the Mustangs in the closing minute brought the score to 31-19 at the break.
At halftime, Salisbury totaled 16 rebounds to Stevenson's 17 while leading the Mustangs in steals, 9-7. The Sea Gulls were 13-of-29 (44.8%) from the field and 3-of-5 (60.0%) from behind the arc while holding the Mustangs to a shooting percentage of just 27.3%. Bryce led the team with 10 points while McDonagh recorded nine of her own, all from behind the arc.
The Sea Gulls continued to build on their lead in the third quarter, opening with an 8-0 run to build a 39-19 advantage. Three different player tallied baskets during the run, including four points from McDonagh.
Morgan Maturani buried a jump shot with just over a minute to play to bring the score to 46-25 before Bryce opened the maroon and gold's largest lead of the contest, 25, with a layup of her own off an assist from McDonagh.
Overall Salisbury totaled 17 points in the quarter, its second straight, and held Stevenson to just six, making two of three quarters in which the Mustangs tallied single-digits. After three the Sea Gulls led host Stevenson 48-25.
Julien opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run of her own as part of a Salisbury 11-2 run to push the lead to 59-28. Ryan pushed the score final with 1:50 left to play in the contest by finishing strong at the rim to make it 65-38.
Salisbury finished the night going 27-of-59 (45.8%) from the field while holding the Mustangs to just 14-of-51 from the field (27.5%). As a team, the Sea Gulls collected 39 rebounds, dished out 24 assists, and totaled 12 steals.
Bryce finished the night with a team and game-high 18 points while Konig recorded 13 points. McDonagh and Julien each finished the night with 11 points while McDonagh went 3-of-4 from behind the arc and 4-of-8 from the field, while adding eight rebounds and eight assists.
Salisbury returns to action on Sunday, November 26 when it travels to take on The Catholic University of America. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.