SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team begins its postseason journey against York College of Pennsylvania in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday, February 19 at Maggs Physical Activities Center. The opening tip is set for 6 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls finished their regular season on Saturday, February 16 with a road victory over CAC opponent Frostburg State University, 51-47. With the victory, Salisbury finishes the regular season with an 8-6 conference record to lock in the No. 3 seed in this year's tournament. The Sea Gulls went 8-3 in non-conference play to finish with a 16-9 overall record.
How they got here
York enters the postseason following a 73-56 loss to the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, February 16. The loss caps off a three-game slide to end the season for the Spartans, whose last victory came at home against the Sea Gulls on February 6. York finishes the regular season with a 6-8 conference record to earn the No. 6 seed in this year's tournament. The team went 5-6 in non-conference play to finish with an 11-14 overall record.
Last time we met
The Sea Gulls and Spartans met back on February 6 at York College, with the home team scoring the first seven points of the game and eventually taking a commanding 42-21 halftime lead over the Sea Gulls. Salisbury played a better second half, bringing its deficit down to 10 late in the game, but ended up falling to York, 72-62. Courtney Brigham tallied a double-double in the loss, scoring 13 points and collecting 10 rebounds for the maroon and gold.
Scouting the Spartans
Senior forward Katie McGowan is York's offensive centerpiece, leading the CAC with 18.2 points per game in the regular season. The Spartans also allowed the fewest turnovers in the conference, at just 15.4 per game. They finished the season ranked at the bottom of the CAC with 35.5 per game, opposed to Salisbury's 43.1 per game – good for second best in the conference.
Salisbury has seen an influx of freshman talent take on a number of important roles in 2018-19. Freshman guard Kylie Webb has started 20-of -5 games for the Sea Gulls this season and has proven to be their best deep threat, finishing the regular season second in the conference with a 39.7 three point percentage. Forward Kaylee Otlowski has also started all but one game for Salisbury while leading the team with 1.4 blocks per game and a 48.1 shooting percentage. Guards Lauren Fortescue and Jada Welbon have also impressed off the bench this season, earning regular minutes in the Salisbury rotation.
The winner of Tuesday's game will take on the winner of another quarterfinal matchup between No. 2 Southern Virginia University and No. 7 Penn State University-Harrisburg in the semifinal round. The semifinals will be played on Thursday, February 21.