Salisbury smothers Goucher, 116-26, on first day of Music City Classic

Salisbury smothers Goucher, 116-26, on first day of Music City Classic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team started off the Music City Classic with a commanding 116-26 victory over Goucher College on Friday afternoon.

Morgan Grubb, who finished with a game-high 19 points, knocked down a three-pointer just 14 seconds into the game to get the Sea Gulls on the board. Grubb, Megan Konig, and Mary McDonagh combined to score 22 of Salisbury's first 24 points to give the Gulls (5-5) an early 24-6 lead. Salisbury expanded its first quarter lead to as much as 20 before finishing the first quarter up 31-12.

Kaylyn French opened the second quarter with back-to-back buckets, pushing the Salisbury lead to 35-12. French did a little of everything for the Sea Gulls, finishing the game with eight points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and three steals.

The Sea Gulls scored the first 14 points of the second quarter before Goucher (0-10) got on the board with 4:19 left to play in the period, making it 45-14. Salisbury went into halftime with a 57-21 advantage.

Salisbury held the Gophers to just five points in the second half, with four of those coming in the third quarter. The Sea Gulls outscored the Gophers 33-4 while shooting 76.2 percent in the period. Salisbury forced 31 turnovers on the day while committing just three. Rachel Ryan tallied six points and four rebounds in the quarter, finishing the day with 17 points and eight rebounds. Salisbury led 90-25 after three quarters.

The Sea Gulls, who outrebounded the Gophers 50-19 on the day, gave up just one point in the fourth quarter. Aprile Preller, one of six Sea Gulls who scored in double figures, accounted for eight points and three assists in the final frame. Preller went 2-for-3 from beyond the arc in the final quarter, while the team shot 43.8 percent from three-point range in the game.

Konig finished the game with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added four assists. The Sea Gulls shot a season-high 61.6 percent from the field.

Salisbury has a quick turnaround, playing Millsaps College on the second day of the Music City Classic on Saturday, December 30 at 12 p.m.

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