ROANOKE, Va. – Despite shooting 50 percent from the floor in the first half, the Salisbury University women's basketball team fell at Hollins University, 71-64, in overtime on Saturday afternoon.
Salisbury (4-5) found itself down by five, 12-7, before scoring the next seven points to take its first lead of the night. Sophomore Anna Hackett began the seven-point run with a jumper and hit another before classmate Courtney McManus put the Gulls up by two, 14-12, with a shot from long range. Hackett went 5-for-9 from the floor in the opening half, for 10 points, two assists and two rebounds.
The Sea Gulls went up by 10, their largest lead of the day, when junior Kelsey Verica hit two to push the maroon and gold's advantage to 24-14 with 8:30 remaining in the half.
Salisbury took a 32-25 lead into halftime, holding Hollins (2-5) to 27.8 percent from the floor in the first half. But Hollins found its groove with 12 minutes to go in the second half.
Lacie Forrest hit a jumper with 11:59 remaining in the game that brought Hollins within seven, 44-37. Hollins went on to tie the contest, 44-44, with eight minutes remaining when Lauren Hays connected on a jumper.
Salisbury would fall behind, 48-44, but tough play and two good free throws by sophomore Aleisha Hobbs gave the Gulls the lead, 49-48, with under four minutes to play. SU would go up by as much as three in the closing minutes before Hollins used a late 5-2 run to send the game to overtime.
Hollins proved to be too much in the extra session, scoring six of the first seven points and holding SU to 16.7 percent from the floor in overtime.
Hackett led the team with 20 points while senior Katie McGahagan picked up another double-double with 12 rebounds and 12 points. McManus pulled down a career-high six rebounds and netted 10 points.
Hollins saw Jasmine Greene lead the team with 28 points and Chanci Wright bring down 17 rebounds.
Salisbury will continue on the road as it travels to Randolph College tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 16 for a 12 p.m., contest against the Wildcats.