Salisbury routs Gallaudet by 55 points

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team turned in its largest margin of victory this season as the Sea Gulls routed Gallaudet University by 55 points, 96-41, in a Capital Athletic Conference game on Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

The Sea Gulls (5-9, 2-3 CAC) scored a season-high 96 points, 24 more than the previous mark of 72, as the maroon and gold shot a season best 55 percent from the field. SU dominated in the paint as it outscored Gallaudet, 44-12. The Sea Gulls were able to play their entire roster as the majority of the team saw at least 12 minutes of action apiece.

Salisbury led from start to finish as the Sea Gulls took a 45-16 lead into halftime.

The Sea Gulls had five players reach double figures in scoring. Junior Monica Merkel led all-scorers with 23 points as the SU guard added six rebounds, four assists and three steals to her stat line. Sophomore Janay Johnson (14 points), junior Lindsay Martin (13 points), senior Meghan Phillips (11 points) and sophomore Shaniece Roseborough (10 points) reached double digits.

Two individual season-high marks were made in the win as junior Marissa Manzo (nine points) grabbed 16 rebounds and freshman Carolyn Weis made 11 assists.

Gallaudet's 41-points is the lowest score by a SU opponent this season. Gallaudet (1-10, 0-6 CAC) forward Nukeitra Hayes led the Bison with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Bison shot 29.8 percent from the field for the game.

The 55-point margin of victory is the largest since last season when the Sea Gulls defeated the Bison 87-25 (62-point difference) on February 3 at home.

Salisbury will next be in action on Wednesday, January 16, with a road trip to Villa Julie College for a 6 p.m. conference game.

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