SCRANTON, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team got back to its winning ways on Thursday evening, defeating the Elmira Soaring Eagles on the final day of the Hilton Scranton Poinsettia Classic, 70-33.
Final Score: Salisbury 70, Elmira 33
Records: Salisbury (7-5) | Elmira (2-7)
Location: John Long Center – Scranton, Pa. (University of Scranton)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Sea Gulls jumped out to a strong start in the first quarter with an 11-0 run that began with a Jada Welbon three-pointer just 20 seconds into the game.
- The Elmira scoreless drought to begin the game was finally broken on a pair of made free throws with just under five minutes remaining, but another 7-2 Salisbury run followed to close the quarter with a healthy 18-4 lead.
- The second quarter began much the same as the first with an 8-1 Salisbury run over the first five minutes featuring three-pointers from Kolby Brown and Kylie Webb. The Soaring Eagles were held to only three more points in the half to allow the Sea Gulls to carry a commanding 33-8 lead into the halftime locker room.
- Elmira scored the first bucket of the third period on a three-pointer from Mykenzie Malacusky. The Soaring Eagles from that point started playing more comfortably on the offensive end. However, the Sea Gulls also continued to put up points, as threes by Welbon and Catherine Gibson helped keep a 10-10 scoring pace over the first six minutes to maintain a 43-18 lead.
- Following four quick points from the Soaring Eagles, Salisbury closed out the third quarter with an 8-0 run that included back-to-back threes from Gibson and Dalina Julien for a 53-22 lead.
- An Abby Wilkinson layup just over a minute in kicked off the scoring in the fourth quarter, which continued to favor the Salisbury offense. Wilkinson and Gibson both chipped in three-pointers down the stretch as the Sea Gulls outscored the Soaring Eagles in the fourth quarter, 17-11 en route to a 70-33 victory.
- Emily Dilger came through with her second double-double in as many days, scoring 16 points while pulling in 14 rebounds. Dilger also added four assists, three blocks and two steals to her dominant performance.
- Catherine Gibson also reached double-digits in scoring with 13 points, including going 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.
- Amber Onyekwere tied with a team-leading four assists while contributing four points and two rebounds.
- The Sea Gulls held the Soaring Eagles to only 19.6 percent from the field, 25 percent from long-range, and 55.6 percent from the free throw line.
- Salisbury fared much better in each scoring category. The Sea Gulls shot 43.8 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from three-point range, and 80 percent from the charity stripe.
- Following a break for the holidays, the team will take a trip down to Naples, Florida to participate in the two-day Naples Shootout Tournament.
- The tournament is set to begin on Sunday, December 29 with the Sea Gulls squaring off against Wisconsin-Stout in game one beginning at 2:30 p.m.