ARLINGTON, Va. - Junior guard Monica Merkel's double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs, was not enough as Salisbury University lost 69-64 in Wednesday evening's Capital Athletic Conference women's basketball game against Marymount (Va.) University on the road before a crowd of 325 in the Verizon Sports Arena.
Salisbury (10-14, 7-8 CAC) led early, 16-6, five minutes into the contest but Marymount (21-3, 13-2 CAC) quickly erased the Sea Gull advantage. The Saints went on an 18-7 run and later stretched their lead to eight as Marymount led 42-34 at halftime.
This is the first time the Saints have swept a regular-season series with the Sea Gulls since 2000. Marymount defeated Salisbury 61-52 on January 19 at the Maggs Center.
Merkel, who scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half, was held in check by the Saints' defense in the second half. Fellow junior guard Lindsay Martin (17 points, five rebounds) was the other Gull to score double figures. Sophomore forward Janay Johnson (seven points) grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss for the maroon and gold.
Marymount had three players reach double digits in the victory
led by freshman Beth Wiggins' career-high 19 points and eight
rebounds. Terell White added 15 points, six assists and five
rebounds while teammate Stephanie Witko (11 points, 10 rebounds)
recorded a double-double.
The Sea Gulls shot 38.7 percent from the field and outrebounded the Saints, 40-36. Marymount went 21-for-25 from the free-throw line (84 percent) as it shot 41.8 percent from the field.
Salisbury will close out its regular-season schedule on the road Saturday, February 23, in Frederick, Md., against Hood College at 2 p.m.