SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team showed off its stifling, overwhelming defense to earn a 63-43 win on Saturday over the Southern Virginia Knights in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship Tournament.
Final Score: Salisbury 63, Southern Virginia 43
Records: Salisbury (12-14) | Southern Virginia (16-9)
Location: Maggs PAC – Salisbury, Md.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Salisbury quickly erased an early deficit when the Sea Gulls used a 9-2 run to take a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
- Southern Virginia closed the gap to within one, 20-19 with two minutes left in the half but Salisbury turned up the pressure. In the final two minutes of the first half, Salisbury forced three SVU turnovers and rifled off a 9-0 run to head into the halftime locker room with a 29-19 lead.
- An Emily Dilger jumper stretched the Salisbury lead to 12 points at the start of the second half.
- Southern Virginia trimmed the lead to 34-30 with just over five minutes to go in the third quarter. But, Salisbury went on another run to close out the quarter highlighted by back-to-back fast-break layups by Amber Onyekwere to give Salisbury the 41-32 lead at the end of the third.
- The Salisbury swarm once again gave Southern Virginia fits in the fourth. Salisbury forced nine fourth-quarter turnovers and converted them to 12 points.
- Salisbury closed out the game with a 12-0 run, capped off by Dalina Julien three on the wing to give Salisbury the 63-41 lead with 43 seconds left in regulation.
- Southern Virginia netted two free throws at the end of the game but it was too little, too late as Salisbury sealed its trip to the CAC semifinals.
- Similar to the regular-season finale against Mary Washington, the Salisbury defense was unbreakable. Salisbury forced 34 Southern Virginia turnovers in the game and recorded a season-high 20 steals. The Sea Gulls scored 32 points off of turnovers.
- Salisbury scored 19 of its 63 points on the fast break.
- Kaylee Otlowski registered her 13th double-double of the season with a game-high 20 points along with 11 rebounds. Otlowski was 8-of-15 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. She added a career-high six steals and added two blocks.
- Lauren Fortescue netted 19 points and stole the ball four times.
- Jada Welbon and Amber Onyekwere each dished out four assists. Welbon chipped in with eight points while Onyekwere scored six.
- Emily Dilger tallied seven points and reeled in eight boards.
- Katie Garrish led Southern Virginia with 19 points and 12 rebounds.