COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team stretched a winning streak to double digits for the first time in seven years, nabbing its 10th straight victory by waltzing past the Ursinus Bears, 64-47, on Saturday afternoon at Helfferich Hall.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both sides came up empty for the game's first two minutes until Kylie Webb broke the ice for the Sea Gulls with a three-pointer at the 7:33 mark. Hailey Ader kept things rolling with two quick layups, helping Salisbury take a 7-2 lead over the next minute and a half.
- The Bears answered with a Sarah DiLello three-point play and Gabby Downs jumper, tying the game at 7-7 with 4:35 to go in the first quarter. From there Kaylee Otlowski gave SU another lead with a layup, then Webb knocked down another triple to make it 12-7 at the 3:00 mark.
- Jada Welbon followed up a DiLello bucket with a jumper and a trey to make it 17-9, and the Sea Gulls finished off the opening quarter with a 17-11 cushion.
- The teams went back-and-forth for much of the second quarter with UC cutting its deficit to 25-21 at the 4:44 mark on a Maria D'Aulerio jumper. From there Salisbury rebounded for five straight points, using an Otlowski free throw and layups from Ashlynn Burrows and Lauren Fortescue to take a 30-21 lead into the halftime break.
- Nursing a 32-25 lead at the 7:45 mark of the third quarter, the Sea Gulls locked in and soon doubled their lead. Otlowski connected on a jumper, then Fortescue hit back-to-back field goals and Otlowski chipped in another to make it 40-25 at the 4:19 mark.
- Salisbury eventually went up by 17 as Fortescue's free throws made it 46-29 with 1:42 to go and maintained a 15-point cushion at 46-31 after the third.
- Fortescue hit two more free throws to open the fourth quarter and Ader muscled her way to a three-point play, building the SU lead to 51-31 at the 8:27 mark. The Sea Gulls held a 20-point lead at multiple points throughout the fourth, and the Bears never got closer than 15 the rest of the way.
- Alex Bull hit a layup with 18 seconds remaining, giving the game its final 64-47 margin and Salisbury a double-digit winning streak.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Kaylee Otlowski paced the Sea Gulls with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, plus four rebounds and two steals. In SU's two victories for the week Otlowski shot 82.4 percent (14-of-17) from the floor.
- Hailey Ader didn't miss a shot all day, going 4-of-4 on field goal attempts and 3-of-3 at the free throw line for 11 points.
- Lauren Fortescue netted double figures for her 14th straight game to open the season, scoring 10 points with six assists and six steals.
- Jada Welbon became Salisbury's fourth double-digit scorer on the day, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds and three steals.
- The Sea Gulls made 49 percent (25-of-51) of their field goals and shot an impressive 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the charity stripe.
- SU managed 14 steals on the day, forcing 25 UC turnovers and finishing plus-five in the margin.
- Salisbury now owns its longest winning streak since the 2014-15 season. That year's Sea Gulls won 13 straight games from January 3 through February 14, 2015.
URSINUS GAME NOTES
- Chinwe Irondi just missed a double-double for the Bears, finishing with 16 points (8-of-18) and nine rebounds, plus four steals.
- Sarah DiLello also netted 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
- Ursinus connected on just 37 percent (20-of-54) of its attempts and went a paltry 2-of-17 (11.8 percent) from long range.
- The Bears won the rebounding battle 31-29 and owned an 11-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
- The Sea Gulls return to action on Monday, January 17, with a visit to the University of Scranton. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
- The game will be a homecoming for Salisbury head coach Kelly Baskow, who graduated from Scranton in 2006 and played 122 games for the Royals from 2002-06. This will be the Sea Gulls' first visit to the John Long Center in the Baskow era, which began in 2011-12.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 186 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
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