Women’s Hoops Falters in Second Half, Falls to #17 Salisbury

Women’s Hoops Falters in Second Half, Falls to #17 Salisbury

DOVER, Del. – Alexus Stroud scored 13 of her game-high 19 points as Wesley College played even with No. 17 Salisbury, but the Sea Gulls pulled away late in the game, defeating the Wolverines, 61-43, in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night at Wentworth Gymnasium.  Wesley falls to 10-12 overall and 6-9 in the CAC while Salisbury improves to 21-1 on the year and 15-0 in league play.

Stroud scored Wesley's first 11 points with a trio of three-pointers as she alone outscored the Sea Gulls, 11-6 in the first six minutes and 42 seconds.  Five-straight points by Salisbury tied the score and the teams traded leads until a layup by Tiyanna Gibbs with just under a minute left in the half tied the score at 25 going into the break.

Salisbury scored the first five of the second half but a 7-0 run by the Wolverines gave them back the lead at 32-31 with 13:58 left following a pair of free throws by Brionna Johnson (nine points, 16 rebounds, four assists).  That would be the last lead for Wesley as the Sea Gulls went on a 12-0 run over the next four-plus minutes. The Wolverines answered with back-to-back jumpers before going cold again and Salisbury went on another 14-0 run to seal the victory.

Both teams shot poorly with SU finding the mark on 35.2% of its shots compared to just 27.1% for Wesley. 

Lauren Rothfeld led Salisbury with 17 points and the Wolverines held Anna Hackett and Sarah Seipp to just a combined 14 points on 6-of-26 shooting.

Wesley goes on the road for two pivotal CAC games with St. Mary's on February 14 followed by Penn State Harrisburg on February 18.