LAS VEGAS – The Salisbury University women's basketball team traveled to Las Vegas to take part in the Las Vegas Hoopla Tournament, dropping its day one matchup to Randolph-Macon College, 53-42.
Salisbury (8-3) scored the first point of the contest on a Kaylee Otlowski free throw, but Randolph-Macon (10-2) went up 4-1 on two quick field goals in the opening 90 seconds. The two teams kept things close for much of the first quarter with neither team holding more than a four-point lead. Salisbury's first lead since the opening seconds came on a pair of Kylie Webb free throws with 35 seconds remaining in the quarter. A Dalina Julien layup following a turnover pushed the Salisbury lead to 17-13 as time expired.
Both teams went scoreless over the first 2:33 of the second quarter before Rachel Ryan sunk both of her free throws, after drawing a foul, to push the Sea Gull lead to 19-13. Salisbury continued to hold the lead for the rest of the half and headed to the locker room ahead 27-22.
The Yellow Jackets began the third quarter with a 10-4 run through the opening four minutes to regain the lead at 32-31. The final six minutes of the third included four lead changes and two ties as the two squads continued to battle hard, but it was Randolph-Macon that carried the 41-38 lead into the final quarter.
The Yellow Jackets opened things up in the first 4:30 of the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run that put the Salisbury deficit at 51-38. The Sea Gulls could only manage four points in the period as Randolph-Macon held on for the win.
Webb led the way for the Sea Gulls with 11 points in the game, while Ryan pulled in a team-high 12 rebounds.
Salisbury returns to action on Thursday when it takes on Cabrini University on day two of the event. Opening tip is set for 5 p.m., Eastern time.