ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team committed 26 turnovers Saturday afternoon on the road to lose its rematch against Capital Athletic Conference opponent St. Mary's (Md.) College, 78-66. The loss was the first conference road loss for the Sea Gulls since November 28, 2007 against University of Mary Washington.
The Seahawks (13-7, 6-5 CAC), who won the first game 59-53 on December 5 in Salisbury, Md., took advantage of SU turnovers in both games. In the two games against SMC the Sea Gulls turned the ball over 55 times, which led to 47 Seahawk points.
Salisbury (7-12, 4-6 CAC) was once again led by its junior guard duo of Lindsay Martin and Monica Merkel. The backcourt combo combined to score 45 of SU's 66 points. Martin led the way with 23 points, five rebounds and four steals. She was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Merkel recorded a double-double with her 22 points and 10 rebounds and added two steals. Sophomore Kylie Hall matched Merkel's total on the boards with 10 and added seven points in the loss.
St. Mary's had four starters score double digits, led by forward Allie Scott's 24 points and six rebounds. The Seahawks scored 23 points off 26 Sea Gull turnovers.
The Seahawks outscored SU in the paint, 28-18, and were 7-for-16 from three-point range compared to Salisbury's 2-for-5 mark. The Sea Gulls received 10 points from their bench, led by Shaniece Roseborough's six points.
The maroon and gold remain on the road and will face York (Pa.) College (15-5, 7-4 CAC) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6.