FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The No. 5 seeded Salisbury University women's basketball team took on the No. 4 seeded University of Mary Washington in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs, falling to the Eagles 50-42 on Tuesday night.
Both teams struggled finding the bottom of the net in the opening frame, as Salisbury (15-11) led just 8-7 after the first period.
Mary Washington (14-12) started the second quarter on a 7-0 run before a layup from Courtney Brigham ended it. Brigham combined with Mary McDonagh to score all 10 of Salisbury's points in the second quarter.
McDonagh scored the next seven points for the Sea Gulls and was responsible for half of the team's points at the break, as the Eagles went into halftime with a 19-18 advantage. McDonagh was the only Sea Gull to score in double figures on the night with 13 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds.
Eleven of Mary Washington's 19 points came from the free throw line, as the Salisbury defense held the Eagles to just 22.2 percent shooting from the floor while forcing 16 turnovers in the first half.
Mary Washington started the third quarter on an 8-1 run to jump ahead 27-19. Kaylyn French, who finished with eight points, three rebounds, and four steals, scored six straight points for the Sea Gulls to make it 30-25. McDonagh scored the last four points of the quarter for Salisbury to keep the deficit at five, 37-32, heading into the final frame.
The Eagles extended their lead to nine midway through the fourth quarter before Morgan Grubb made two straight baskets to bring the score to 47-42 with just over two minutes remaining. Mary Washington stretched its lead back to eight with a minute to go, 50-42, which is how the game would end.