VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team dropped its season opener, 59-46, to Salisbury University Tuesday evening at the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the result, the Marlins move to 0-1 on the year while the Sea Gulls improve to 1-1.
The first half was wire-to-wire with neither team able to take a lead of more than four points. Isis Moore scored her first collegiate points on a pair of free-throws to open up the game but the Sea Gulls road a 16-15 lead into the first intermission. The second half continued to see back-and-forth action and would finish with the teams knotted at 25-25.
Six minutes into the third, two Mak McSweeney free throws gave the Marlins their first lead since the opening minutes, but it lasted just a couple of minutes as Salisbury finished the third up 41-38. In the fourth, the Sea Gulls offense began to open up while the Marlins cooled off. Salisbury would end up outscoring the home side 18-8, serving the Marlins an opening day loss.
Moore finished the day as Virginia Wesleyan's top scorer, dropping 10 points. Right behind her was McSweeney and Sabrina Jones as both registered nine.
On the glass, Danielle Lehner had a terrific evening as she hauled in a career-high 12 boards. Jones also pitched in 12.
Women's basketball returns to action at 5 p.m. on Friday as the team will take on Wesley College in the opening round of the North Carolina Wesleyan College Tournament.