Sea Gulls fall to Bobcats in closing minutes

Sea Gulls fall to Bobcats in closing minutes

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball continued its two-game homestand on Saturday afternoon when it hosted Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State University. The teams battled hard throughout, but it was the visiting Bobcats who came out on top with the 56-52 victory.

Both Salisbury (12-5, 4-2 CAC) and Frostburg State (12-4, 4-2 CAC) were slow to get going offensively following the opening tip. Megan Konig scored the first two field goals for the Sea Gulls and Amaya Harkley scored her first career basket to close the quarter with the score in favor of the Bobcats, 9-8.

Frostburg State extended its lead to start the second quarter with a 9-4 run over the first five minutes. Anhai Allen extended the run to 11-4 just 90 seconds later to give the Bobcats a 20-12 lead, but a quick 7-0 Salisbury run featuring a Konig three-pointer cut the deficit back to one. Each team added four more points in the closing 90 seconds to take the game into halftime with Frostburg State holding the 24-23 edge.

The Bobcats scored a quick basket to open the second half and build a three-point lead, but a Kylie Webb three-pointer kicked off a 6-0 run that gave Salisbury a 29-26 advantage. Frostburg state answered with a 6-1 run of its own to retake the 32-30 lead, but it was short lived. Salisbury took control with an impressive 11-0 run that was capped by a Konig layup with two minutes remaining. The Bobcats cut into their nine-point deficit by outscoring the Sea Gulls 4-2 in the final minute as the game entered the fourth quarter with Salisbury leading, 43-36.

The Bobcats battled back in the fourth with a 6-1 run over the opening three minutes to cut the deficit back down to two, 44-42. Two minutes later the game was tied 46-46 following a Megan Kelly layup. There would be two more lead changes and another tie in the closing minutes, but a Victoria Diggs three-pointer put the Bobcats ahead with two minutes to play and the visitors were able to close out the victory.

Konig scored a team-high 19 points in the loss while adding five rebounds. Rachel Ryan and Courtney Brigham each pulled in nine boards, and Amber Onyekwere led all Sea Gulls with four assists.

The team returns to action when it hits the road to square off against conference rival No. 25 Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, January 23. Opening tip is set for 5:30 p.m.

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