BY JAMIR WILSON
The Salisbury woman’s basketball team improved to a 13-12 record on the season after a 76-46 blowout win on senior day against in-state rival Frostburg State.
“It’s always special, but it’s hard. You want to remember and honor (the seniors), but at the same time we have to play a game,” Sea Gulls’ head coach Kelly Lewandowski said. “It’s nice to think about the time they spent here and everything they’ve done for the program.”
The Sea Gulls celebrated their seniors’ last home game in style. The two seniors, forward Julia McLaughlin and guard Theano Alvanos put on performances to remember to the delight of their head coach.
“I think they did great, if I had to pick a game for them to get out on for the last time on this court. It was exciting to see them play, especially together,” Lewandowski said.
McLaughlin was able to rack up 18 points and dominated the boards grabbing 17 rebounds for a double-double. She also showed her aggression on defense tallying three steals.
“I think I was pretty angry last game Frostburg shut me down. I played like 10 minutes in the game,” McLaughlin said. “Coming out this time I was more aggressive and ready to go.”
Playing possibly her last game of her career at Maggs on Saturday, McLaughlin was determined to still play well against a team that almost beat Salisbury earlier in the year.
“We struggled against Frostburg a little bit in the first half of the season, so to play (them) this well in the second half (of the season) on senior day and pink game it was really fun,” she said.
Alvanos, a player who hasn’t seen much playing time was excited to receive the chance to perform in front of her fans and family.
“It was very special, kind of sad because it’s our last home game. It was a whole team effort I think everyone stepped up today and everyone got in so it was exciting,” Alvanos said.
The New Hartford native finished with seven points, four rebounds and three assists.
Salisbury had major contributions from sophomore guard Mary McDonagh who scored 11 points, pulled down seven rebounds, dished out five assists, five steals and swatted two shots.
Sophomore forward Josephine Noonan posted 10 points for the Gulls as well, while junior guard Lauren Rothfeld and freshman forward Kaylyn French each scored eight points.
Salisbury attacked the boards early and often out-rebounding Frostburg 55-26, which translated to 25 second-chance points. The Sea Gulls also controlled the inside scoring 44 points from the paint.
“It’s exciting to have a win like this,” Lewandowski said. “A team win, everyone getting in and playing well together that really gives us a good feeling and the confidence going into playoffs.”
With the regular season in the books, Salisbury will focus on the CAC tournament where they hold the fifth seed. The Gulls will travel to York on Tuesday to defend their title as CAC Champions.