Sea Gulls suffer first home loss to Cardinals

Sea Gulls suffer first home loss to Cardinals

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University Women's basketball returned home on Wednesday evening to host visiting Catholic University of America, but fell to the Cardinals, 61-47.

The Cardinals (4-3) opened the game by scoring the first six points before a Megan Konig three-pointer cut the lead in half. The game remained tight throughout the rest of the first quarter. Rachel Ryan converted two layups on back-to-back possessions to give Salisbury (5-2) its first lead of the game at 12-11, But Catholic closed the opening quarter with a 6-0 run in the final 90 seconds to carry a 17-12 lead into the second quarter.

Catholic continued to extend its lead to open the second quarter with a 9-3 run over the first four and a half minutes. Salisbury answered with a quick 5-0 run, including two layups by Amber Onyekwere, to cut the deficit to 26-22. The Cardinals extended their lead to 31-24 before a Jada Welbon three-pointer and a Courtney Brigham free throw cut the deficit to three. Catholic put a cap on the first half when Ashley Smith made a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the visitors a 34-28 halftime lead.

The third quarter opened with a 7-0 Catholic run to push the visitors' lead up to 41-28. Each team's defense stepped up from that point on as both offenses struggled to make baskets. Salisbury did enough to pull itself back in it, cutting the deficit to single digits with a little over a minute remaining on a Brigham layup. However, Catholic answered again with an Emily O'Connor layup as time expired to push its lead back to 11.

A 9-3 Cardinal run to open the fourth quarter stretched the Sea Gull deficit to 17 with under five minutes left to play. Salisbury was unable to shift momentum in the closing minutes as Catholic controlled the clock, defeating the maroon and gold, 61-47.

Brigham led Salisbury with nine points on the evening, while Ryan pulled in a team-high nine rebounds. Konig contributed eight points of her own to go along with a team-high four assists.

The team returns to action on Friday, December 7 when it travels to take on Elizabethtown College. Opening tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.