FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team went head-to-head with the University of Mary Washington, but the Sea Gulls fell 52-49 to the Eagles on Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action.
Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net in the early going, with Salisbury (4-5, 1-3 CAC) holding a 6-5 lead with just over three minutes to go in the first quarter. The Sea Gulls added to their lead with a pair of field goals in the next minute to take a 10-5 lead. Salisbury shot 39.4 percent from the field in the first half compared to Mary Washington's 32.1 percent.
Mary Washington (4-4, 3-1 CAC) responded with three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to take an 11-10 lead. Both teams added another field goal before the end of the quarter, with the Eagles taking a 13-12 lead going into the second frame.
The Sea Gulls scored the first six points of the second quarter to go up 18-13. After trading baskets, the Eagles pulled within two, 20-18, on another three-pointer. Paige Bryce, who tallied 10 points and eight rebounds on the day, helped extend the Salisbury lead with field goals on back-to-back possessions near the three-minute mark. The Sea Gulls took a 27-22 lead into the break.
The Eagles opened the third quarter on a 5-2 run to tie the game at 29-29. After going up 36-31, Salisbury was held scoreless for the last four minutes of the quarter, allowing Mary Washington to pull within one, 36-35.
Mary Washington opened the fourth quarter with another three-pointer to go up 38-36 and take its first lead since the end of the first quarter. The Eagles shot 56.3 percent from three-point range in the game, going 9-for-16. Salisbury was held without a three-pointer, going 0-for-11.
Dalina Julien, who finished the game with six points, gave Salisbury a 42-41 lead on a jump shot midway through the fourth quarter. Mary Washington scored the next seven points, but the Sea Gulls did not go away quietly. Morgan Grubb scored her only points of the game on a three-point play and Rachel Ryan connected on a layup to make it 50-49 Mary Washington with 37 seconds remaining. Ryan finished the game with four points and six rebounds.
Kaylyn French, who scored a team-high 11 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals, had a chance to give Salisbury the lead, but her jumper with three seconds remaining was off the mark. Two free throws by Mary Washington sealed the game for the Eagles, 52-49.
Megan Konig stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Sea Gulls, who outrebounded the Eagles 39-35 in the game.
Salisbury has nearly three weeks off until its next game, when it travels to the Nashville Tournament to take on Goucher College. The game is scheduled for Friday, December 29 at 4 p.m.