DOVER, Del. - It was a tale of two halves for the Salisbury University women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon against Rt. 13 rival Wesley College at the Wentworth Gymnasium in Dover, Del.
The Sea Gulls held a 41-25 advantage at the half but the second half was a different story in this Capital Athletic Conference game. Salisbury (8-13, 5-7 CAC) allowed Wesley (11-10, 7-5 CAC) to get back into the game as the Wolverines used a series of runs to chip away at the Sea Gulls' lead. In the end, the Wolverines were victorious 76-68.
Wesley trailed, 45-32, with 16:25 left in the second half but quickly tied the game in just over three minutes as the Wolverines went on a 13-0 spurt to knot the game at 45. Salisbury regained the lead but five minutes later the game was tied for the third and final time at 54. Wesley controlled the rest of the game en route to its fourth win in five games.
SU forward Kylie Hall (nine points, nine rebounds) drained two free throws with 44 seconds left in the game to pull the Sea Gulls to within four, 72-68. Wesley iced the game with four foul shots of its own as the Gulls missed two shots from the field. The Wolverines shot 64.3 percent from the floor in the second half as they outscored the Gulls, 51-27.
Salisbury shot 45.9 percent from the field in the first half but only 27.0 percent in the second half (36.5 percent for the game). The Sea Gulls held a slight edge in the paint, 30-28, received 11 points from their bench and outrebounded Wesley, 54-38.
For the fifth time this season Salisbury's Monica Merkel (21 points) surpassed the 20-point plateau for the Sea Gulls. The junior guard also pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds.
SU sophomore Shaniece Roseborough scored a career-high 15 points, junior Lindsay Martin added 12 points while sophomore Janay Johnson scored nine and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench.
Wesley was led by the trio of Michele Mules (23 points), Colleen Thomas (21 points, six rebounds) and Angie Owens (16 points, 12 rebounds).
Salisbury returns home for a conference game against Gallaudet University on Wednesday, February 13, at 5:30 p.m. as part of "Coaches vs. Cancer" night at the Maggs Center.