TCNJ edges Salisbury in defensive struggle

Ewing, N.J. - The Salisbury University women's basketball team was held to a season-low 36 points on Monday evening as The College of New Jersey defeated the visiting Sea Gulls, 47-36. TCNJ (9-3) held a slim one-point halftime lead, 22-21, over Salisbury (4-8) as the maroon and gold only managed 15 points in the second half of the defensive game.

Junior Monica Merkel paced the Sea Gulls with 11 points, nine of which were scored in the first half. SU had 10 different players score at least one point in the loss. Sophomore Kylie Hall led the team with eight rebounds and two assists.

The 47 points is a season-low for TCNJ. Junior center Hillary Klimowicz earned her eighth double-double of the season as she scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Lions. TCNJ freshman forward Kelsey Kutch was the other Lion in double figures as she scored 10 points, recorded nine rebounds and made nine steals. TCNJ scored 32 of its 47 points in the paint.

The two teams were a combined 0-for-12 from three-point range in the first half and 1-for-19 for the game. The two teams grabbed 47 rebounds apiece. Salisbury shot 29.1 percent (16-of-55) from the field while TCNJ shot 31.9 percent (21-of-67).

TCNJ began the second half on a 10-0 run as Salisbury was held scoreless for six minutes until the 13:52 mark. The win is the third straight for TCNJ while SU has dropped its last two games.

Salisbury will host Rt. 13 rival Wesley College on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Maggs Center in a Capital Athletic Conference game.


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