SALISBURY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team rolled to a 59-40 win over visiting Wesley College on Wednesday night for their third straight Capital Athletic Conference victory.
Salisbury (9-7, 4-5 CAC) jumped out to an early six point lead on a Mary McDonagh three-pointer, which made it 10-4 midway through the first quarter. After two McDonagh free throws made it 12-6, Wesley (3-13, 1-8 CAC) scored the last seven points of the quarter to go up 13-12 after the first period.
The Sea Gulls took control in the second period, outscoring the Wolverines 9-3 in the last 3:37 of the half to take a 29-22 lead going into halftime. Kaylyn French and Jessie Iacobellis combined to score 10 of Salisbury's 17 points in the quarter. McDonagh, who ended the game with six points, four blocks, three rebounds, two assists and a steal, recorded three blocks in the period to help spark the Sea Gulls.
Salisbury scored the first five points of the third quarter to take a double-digit lead, 34-22. The Sea Gulls held Wesley to just nine points for the second straight quarter, taking a 45-31 lead after three quarters. Half of Salisbury's points in the quarter came via the free throw line, where the team went 19-for-25 on the evening, good for 76.0 percent.
Courtney Brigham, who finished with nine points and three rebounds, scored the first six points of the fourth quarter for the maroon and gold, building the lead up to 16 points, 51-35. Salisbury led by as many as 22 before finishing with a 59-40 victory.
French led the Sea Gulls in scoring with 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and two steals. Rachel Ryan chipped in 10 points and six rebounds, with four coming on the offensive end.
Salisbury shot 36.5 percent from the field while holding Wesley to just 23.7 percent shooting. The Sea Gulls outrebounded the Wolverines 44-39, the fifth straight game they have outrebounded their opponent.
Salisbury begins a two game road trip on Saturday, January 20 as it travels to take on Penn State University Harrisburg. The Sea Gulls and Lions are scheduled to tip off at 1 p.m.