Sea Gulls go back-to-back in conference play

STEVENSON, Md. - The Sea Gulls won their second Capital Athletic Conference game in five days as the Salisbury University women's basketball team defeated Villa Julie College, 55-39, Wednesday evening on the road.

Salisbury (6-9, 3-3 CAC) has won back-to-back CAC games for the first time this season as the maroon and gold now sports a .500 record in the conference. SU defeated Gallaudet by 55-points last Saturday on the road.

The Sea Gulls led for the majority of the game after trailing briefly in the opening minutes. Salisbury took a 12-point advantage into halftime up 29-17 and doubled that mark midway through the second half as the Sea Gulls led by 24, 46-22.

Junior guards Lindsay Martin and Monica Merkel recorded double-doubles for the Sea Gulls in the win. Martin scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to go with her three steals. Merkel, the CAC Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week, recorded 16 points and made a game and season-high 15 rebounds and three assists in the victory. Sophomore forward Janay Johnson was the other Gull in double digits as she scored 10 and ripped down eight boards.

SU shot 42.3 percent from the field and went 10-for-20 from the free-throw line. The Sea Gulls only had one three-pointer in the game. Salisbury scored 21 points off the 23 turnovers made by the Mustangs.

Villa Julie (4-11, 1-5 CAC) was led by Tanisha Foster's 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Mustangs shot 30.9 percent from the field and was 0-for-7 from three-point range. VJC scored more points in the paint, 28-20, and held a slight edge over Salisbury in second chance points, 11-8.

The Sea Gulls will look to extend their winning streak to three on Saturday, January 19, as the maroon and gold welcome CAC foe Marymount (Va.) University to the Maggs Center for a 2 p.m. contest.


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