BY JACOB TROXELL
One day at a time.
That was the message from Salisbury University women’s basketball head coach Kelly Lewandowski after the Sea Gulls dropped their fourth in a row to Mary Washington University 79-53 in Maggs Gym Saturday afternoon.
After holding Mary Washington (18-3, 12-2) to one field goal in their first eight shots and 14 points in the first quarter, the Sea Gulls (10-11, 6-8) held a one-point lead. But they never got it back after a 27-point second quarter from Mary Washington, led by forward Sarah Listenbee who finished with 20 points going 8-for-10 shooting.
Mary Washington controlled the paint on both ends of the floor throughout the game, scoring 40 points compared to SU’s 14, and held the Sea Gulls leading scorer, forward Julia McLaughlin to just 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting. McLaughlin was also held to just four rebounds despite being one of the conference leaders in rebounds-per-game.
The Sea Gulls also got out scored on fast breaks, bench points, second chance points and points off turnovers.
Forward Kaylyn French, who has earned herself a starting spot in the Sea Gulls’ last two contests, kept them in the game, scoring eight points in the first half. But SU couldn’t hang in after an even bigger, 32-point third quarter from Mary Washington that put the game out of reach.
The second half belonged to center Brianne Comden, who scored 12 of her game-high 21 points for Mary Washington.
Despite now being 6-8 in the top-heavy Capital Athletic Conference, the Sea Gulls find themselves one game ahead of Penn State-Harrisburg and St. Mary’s (Md.), who are fighting for the sixth and final playoff seed in the conference.
“There’s little positives throughout the game and we gotta just start expanding on those positives at different times,” Lewandowski said. “We’re so young we really gotta focus on the process and how we grow every day.”
One positive from today’s game came from guard Mary McDonagh, who boasted a game-high eight assists, which also tied her season high.
The Sea Gulls will face Wesley at home Wednesday night in Maggs Gym before going on the road to face Southern Virginia and Marymount (Va.).
But after the game, French reiterated that they aren’t looking too far ahead.
“We don’t dwell on it,” French said. “We go in and we say ‘on to the next one.'”