Sea Gulls top Spartans with strong second half

Sea Gulls top Spartans with strong second half

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team returned home on Wednesday afternoon to host Capital Athletic Conference opponent York College of Pennsylvania. A strong second half helped the Sea Gulls defeat the Spartans, 73-65.

Salisbury (12-4, 4-1 CAC) spread the ball around well in the opening quarter, outscoring York (6-10, 1-4 CAC) 18-14. Kaylee Otlowski led the charge with six points, while Kaylyn French added another five. The Sea Gulls shot 8-for-16 (50 percent) from the field while the Spartans went 6-for-13 (46.2 percent).

York caught fire in the second quarter, outscoring Salisbury 23-14 – including a 10-0 run in the final minutes – to take the 37-32 lead into halftime. Megan Konig paced the Sea Gulls with four points in the quarter, while Dalina Julien and Jada Welbon each converted timely three-pointers to keep the game tight.

The Sea Gulls battled back to tie the game at the end of the third quarter, 51-51. Konig kicked off an 8-0 run early in the frame that gave Salisbury a brief 42-40 lead. The Spartans stole it back by scoring the next six, but an 11-9 Salisbury advantage carried through to the end of the period. Salisbury outshot York 19-14 in the frame, with Rachel Ryan leading the charge with eight points.

The maroon and gold kicked off the fourth quarter with a quick 7-0 run that was capped off by a Konig jumper to push the lead to 58-51. Strong defensive play by the Sea Gulls down the stretch forced the Spartans to force shots, limiting them to only 31.3 percent from the field in the quarter. French and Konig each added six more points in the period and Salisbury was able to pull away for the win.

Konig scored a team-high 16 points, while French added 15. Ryan captured her third double-double of the season with 11 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Amber Onyekwere led the way with five assists.

The team returns to action on Saturday, January 19 when it hosts CAC opponent Frostburg State University. Opening tip is set for 1 p.m.