SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University women's basketball team was led by senior forward Katie McGahagan and sophomore point guard Anna Hackett as the Sea Gulls fell to Virginia Wesleyan College, 73-55, in their home opener.
Salisbury (1-2) fell behind 7-0 in the first two minutes of play before going on a six-point scoring rant as McGahagan grabbed an offensive rebound and the put back, pulling the Sea Gulls within one, 7-6.
Virginia Wesleyan (1-2) would pull ahead, 15-8, but hard defensive play would result in Hackett maneuvering down the court, bypassing four Marlin defenders before passing the ball off to McGahagan for two.
After a Brittany Glasco layup, which put the Marlins ahead 23-15, the Sea Gulls scored five unanswered points as freshman forward Aleisha Hobbs started things off with a defensive rebound which sent the Gulls the other way, finishing with sophomore guard Courtney McManus laying in two. Salisbury's pressure caused a Marlin turnover resulting in a McManus three-pointer to close the gap to 23-20.
The two teams alternated possessions and with five minutes remaining in the half Hackett brought SU within two, 24-22, with a jumper from the paint.
The Marlins would push the lead back to 35-30 at the break and Salisbury could get no closer in the early moments of the second half.
In the final three minutes of action, SU's intensity increased as the Sea Gulls scored four unanswered points, by way of tough defense off the boards and a number of Virginia Wesleyan turnovers.
McGahagan earned her first double-double of the season, bringing down 10 rebounds and scoring 15 points. Hackett put up 13 points for Salisbury, seven of which came from the free-throw line, and added seven assists.
Hobbs made an impact on the boards as well with nine rebounds.
The Marlins saw Sarah Seipp go 7-for-15 from the floor, for 25 points and nine rebounds while Andrea Paphites netted 12 points with three assists and five rebounds.
Salisbury will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Catholic University of America. The Gulls will take to the court at 5:30 p.m.