VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team picked up its first win of the 2019-20 season on the road Tuesday night, defeating the Virginia Wesleyan Marlins, 59-46.
Final Score: Salisbury 59, Va. Wesleyan 46
Records: Salisbury (1-1) | Va. Wesleyan (0-1)
Location: Jane P. Batten Student Center – Virginia Beach, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Salisbury held a slight 8-6 lead through the first five minutes of the period. Kaylee Otlowski, Amber Onyekwere and Courtney Brigham all contributed field goals to get things going early for the Sea Gulls.
- The Marlins battled back, eventually taking a 12-10 lead with 2:30 remaining in the quarter, but a 6-3 run gave Salisbury the 16-15 edge as time expired.
- The teams continued to play a tight game to begin the second quarter, with Salisbury edging out a 7-6 run through the first five minutes for a 23-21 lead.
- The scoring stalled for both squads in the final minutes of the half as the Sea Gulls could only muster two free throws while the Marlins pulled the scoring even with a pair of field goals to send the teams into halftime tied 25-25.
- The pace in the third quarter began much the same, with both teams trading buckets through the first five minutes. A jump shot by Va. Wesleyan's Danielle Lehner gave the Marlins a 31-30 lead with 5:11 remaining.
- The lead changing three more times in the final minutes of the quarter, but a 4-0 run by Salisbury in the closing seconds gave the visitors a 41-38 lead heading into the final period of play.
- The Salisbury offense really started to find its rhythm in the fourth quarter, which began with a 12-3 Sea Gull run that was highlighted by a Kolby Brown three-pointer just over three minutes in.
- The Marlins were unable to cut into their deficit from the point forward as Salisbury held on for the 59-46 victory.
- Freshman forward Catherine Gibson recorded a double-double off the bench in her first game as a Sea Gull, tallying 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds in only 13 minutes.
- Sophomore forward Kaylee Otlowski led all Sea Gulls with 14 points while contributing nine rebounds. Junior guard Amber Onyekwere also added 10 points and three assists in the win.
- Sophomore guard Lauren Fortescue pulled in nine boards to go along with seven points, seven steals, and three assists.