Wolverines rip away victory from Sea Gulls

SALISBURY, Md. - The visiting Wesley Wolverines eked out a 61-59 women's basketball victory over Salisbury University on Wednesday evening at the Maggs Center in a Capital Athletic Conference showdown between the Rt. 13 rivals.

Wolverine guard Michele Mules drained a three-pointer with 18 seconds left in the game to put Wesley up 60-59. The Wolverines (6-6, 3-1 CAC) tacked on a free throw to seal the game.

Salisbury (4-9, 1-3 CAC) led by as much as 12 points with eight minutes left in the game that featured seven lead changes. Sea Gull junior Monica Merkel led all-scorers with 21 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. SU had 10 different players score a point in the loss. The Sea Gulls shot 34.3 percent from the field for the game. SU outscored Wesley in second chance points, 22-0. Senior Meghan Phillips (six points) made a game-high four steals while freshman Chante McKinney made a game-high six assists.

Wesley forward Colleen Thomas led the Wolverines with 17 points followed by teammate Latasha Torres' 11 points. Both players came off the bench for Wesley as the Wolverines had 35 bench points. Salisbury led 32-29 at the half. The two teams combined to commit 46 turnovers.

Salisbury will travel to Washington, D.C., on Saturday to face Gallaudet University at 2 p.m. in another CAC contest.

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