Women's basketball downed by No. 23 Marymount

Women's basketball downed by No. 23 Marymount

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team hosted No. 23 Marymount (Va.) University Wednesday night, falling 66-45 to the Saints in Capital Athletic Conference action.

Marymount (6-1, 3-0 CAC) jumped out to a 6-0 start before Paige Bryce got Salisbury (4-4, 1-2 CAC) on the board with a layup underneath the basket. After another Bryce layup, Rachel Ryan made the game 10-6, but the Saints scored the next six points, holding the Sea Gulls scoreless for the last 6:10 of the first quarter.

After Marymount extended its lead to 18-6 to start the second quarter, Morgan Maturani connected on a jump shot to bring the deficit back to 10. Bryce and Ryan each scored four points the rest of the quarter, combining for 14 of Salisbury's 16 points at the break. The Saints held a 26-16 lead at halftime. Marymount held an 18-17 advantage in rebounds, with Ryan accounting for seven of Salisbury's boards.

Megan Konig made two three-pointers in the early stages of the third quarter to cut Marymount's lead to nine, but that was as close as the Sea Gulls could get. The Saints outscored Salisbury 16-4 the final 6:13 of the third quarter to take a 51-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Marymount continued its streak at the beginning of the fourth, starting on a 7-2 run. Konig and Aprile Preller each made a three-pointer on back-to-back possessions to make it 60-40 midway through the quarter. The Sea Gulls scored five points the rest of the way, all coming on free throws.

Konig had a team-high 14 points, all coming in the second half. Ryan contributed 11 points and eight rebounds, while Bryce added eight points and three rebounds. Marymount shot 48.2 percent from the field, while Salisbury shot 41.5 percent. The Saints outrebounded the Sea Gulls 31-25 and held a 42-16 advantage on points in the paint.

Salisbury will travel to take on the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, December 9 at 1 p.m.

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