BY CHARLES MILLER
At the conclusion of the game between Salisbury and Christopher Newport it came down to one possession, but Salisbury was unable to pull off the comeback, falling to CNU 55-52 Wednesday night.
SU (10-10, 6-7) turned the basketball over 34 times compared to Christopher Newport’s ( 18-2, 11-2) 18. Sea Gulls head coach Kelly Lewandowski knows whenever a team turns the ball over as much as they did, it’s tough to comeback.
“Taking care of the ball really (is important, and) just valuing possession since it came down to one at the end (is what matters),” Lewandowski said.
The number of turnovers in the game translated to a hard fought team effort on both sides of the basketball with both teams playing well-rounded defense.
“We did a lot of good things defensively,” Lewandowski said. “I think we have to take a little bit better care of the ball offensively.”
Defensively the Sea Gulls forced CNU to shoot zero-of-ten from beyond the arc. Coupled with posting 21 points off the bench.
The Seagulls were able to score 26 points in the paint and six points off of fast breaks. SU relied on the play from junior guard Lauren Rothfeld with 14 points and six rebounds and senior forward Julia McLaughlin who had 10 points and eight blocks.
“I think if we look at the box score it was pretty much even all across,” Rothfeld said.
However, SU held the advantage shooting-wise. The Captains recorded 27.3 percent from the floor while Salisbury shot 42.9 percent, although CNU ended with a higher free throw percentage which ended up being the difference in the end.
The Sea Gulls held CNU to nine points in the fourth quarter, but ended up having to foul players just to get the ball back. Despite the last-ditch effort, SU came up just three points short.
With five games remaining before the start of the playoffs, SU will look to rebound from the loss against Mary Washington on Saturday. Only fifth in the CAC standings, the Gulls are fighting to claim a spot in the tournament after winning the CAC Championship just last season.