SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team opened its season on Wednesday evening with a victory over visiting Virginia Wesleyan University, 53-28.
Salisbury (1-0) struggled to find a rhythm to start the contest, missing its first five attempts from the field before a Megan Konig layup cut the Salisbury deficit to 4-2.
A three-pointer by Kylie Webb with 5:26 to go in the first gave the Sea Gulls their first lead of the game at 5-4, but a layup at the other end by Jayla Harris helped the Marlins (0-2) steal back a lead that would hold for the rest of the opening quarter, with the Sea Gulls trailing, 13-8.
Salisbury started to find a groove in the second quarter, as it scored the first five points to cut the Marlin lead to 13-12. A three-pointer by Lauren Fortescue with 4:55 to go in the first half brought the score to a 15-15 tie and the Sea Gulls would not trail again in the game.
The first half closed with a 8-5 run by the maroon and gold, giving the Sea Gulls the 23-20 halftime lead.
Salisbury went 6-for-29 from the field in the first half, while sinking three of its 10 three-point attempts and finishing 8-for-15 from the stripe.
After regrouping in the locker room at halftime, the Sea Gulls came out on fire in the third quarter and dominated the Marlins. Salisbury doubled its total from the first half by scoring 23 points, while also holding the visitors scoreless for 10 straight minutes.
Despite trailing 46-20, the Marlins edged out the Sea Gulls 8-7 in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough as Salisbury went on to win the opener, 53-28.
Kaylyn French came off the bench to lead all Sea Gulls with 10 second half points and 14 overall. Kaylee Otlowski led the team with eight rebounds, while Jada Welbon topped all Gulls with three assists. Otlowski, Dalina Julien, Rachel Ryan, and Morgan Maturani each recorded one block.
The strong defensive display marks the second time in Head Coach Kelly Baskow's eight-year tenure that her team has held its opponent to under 30 points.
Salisbury returns to action on Friday, November 16 when it travels to Gwynedd, Pennsylvania to take on Albright College as part of the annual Gwynedd-Mercy Tournament. Opening tip is set for 8 p.m.