Women’s basketball tops St. Mary’s as defense dominates

Women’s basketball tops St. Mary’s as defense dominates

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team returned home on Saturday afternoon to host Capital Athletic Conference opponent St. Mary's College of Maryland and came away with a 53-25 victory.

Both the Sea Gulls (13-6, 5-2 CAC) and Seahawks struggled to get going offensively in the first quarter. Each team shot only 16.7 percent from the field in the opening 10 minutes, but it was Salisbury that led after one period, 8-4, as Courtney Brigham, Aprile Preller, and Morgan Maturani each scored a basket for the Sea Gulls.

The maroon and gold picked up the pace in the second quarter on both sides of the ball, scoring 19 points, while holding its opponent to only five. An 8-0 Sea Gull run increased the lead to 16-4 to open the frame. It was followed by a quick 5-2 Seahawks run to help them get back within nine points, 18-9, but Salisbury held the Seahawks (5-13, 1-7 CAC) scoreless the rest of the half while scoring nine more points to take a 27-9 lead into halftime. The 9-0 run featured back-to-back three-pointers from Jada Welbon.

Salisbury continued its strong defensive play in the third quarter, holding the Seahawks to only seven more points. The Sea Gull offense kept creating separation, adding another 15 points in the quarter. Kaylyn French led the charge, scoring 11 points in the frame to give Salisbury a 42-16 lead after three.

St. Mary's was once again held to single digits in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points. Salisbury added another 11 points in the final frame to lock up the victory.

French scored a game-high 13 points for the Sea Gulls and Welbon added another 11. Kaylee Otlowski pulled in a team-high 12 rebounds. Preller led with two assists.

The 25 points allowed marks a season best for the Sea Gulls and is the lowest number of points surrendered to an opponent since an 87-25 victory against Gallaudet University on February 3, 2007.

The team returns to action on Wednesday, January 30 when it hosts CAC opponent the University of Mary Washington. Opening tip is set for 5:30 p.m. 

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